95-year-old Australian dies after being tasered by police officer

A 95-year-old Australian woman died on Wednesday a week after being tasered by a police officer, security forces said.

The woman, Clare Nowland, “died peacefully in hospital just after 7pm tonight, surrounded by her family and loved ones,” New South Wales police said in a statement.

Nowland was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot with a Taser on May 17 in an incident that shocked Australians.

Hours before his death, a 33-year-old police officer was charged with causing grievous bodily injury, assault causing bodily injury, and assault with a taser.

The policeman, suspended from his duties, must appear before the courts on July 5.

The incident occurred at the Yallambee Lodge nursing home in New South Wales, when staff there called police to report that a woman was “armed with a knife”.

The officers said he urged Nowland to drop the knife but the woman advanced toward them “at a slow pace” with her walker, at which point an officer shot her with a Taser.

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