Ice cream worker dies after police taser him

Jordan Begley. Picture: MEN
Jordan Begley. Picture: MEN
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A MAN has died after being Tasered by police who had been called to an alleged knife incident at a house.

Jordan Begley suffered a “medical episode” after police fired at him with the stun gun at 8:15pm on Wednesday in Manchester.

The 23-year-old, who lived with his mother Dorothy, had finished his shift about an hour earlier at Sivori’s ice-cream factory in nearby Levenshulme.

Joint owner Peter Sivori, 77, said he was driving past in his ice-cream van when he saw Mr Begley standing outside his terraced home with police.

“When I saw him he waved at me and tried to explain to the police that I was his employer so a policeman came over and asked, ‘Is that true?’ and I said, ‘It is true’,” he said. “The lad was pointing to me. He seemed to be in good condition then. I was stood about 30 or 40 yards away and couldn’t get to him.

“The police said they had got a complaint.

“I said to the policeman, ‘Do you want me to come over?’ and he said, ‘It’s a police matter’ and could I move on. I thought they were quite aggressive.

“He [Jordan] has always been respectful to me so I would have asked what’s wrong.

“All I can say is that I think if I would have been able to speak to him, I think I would have calmed him down.

“I would have tried to help the lad. I feel I could have done some good but I’m not sure. I don’t know what happened in the house.”

Mr Sivori drove off before the incident escalated and Mr Begley was tasered.

A friend of Mr Begley, who did not want to be named, said: “There was no need to use a Taser on him. I think he has some problem with his heart.”

Neighbour Kirstie Porter added: “I saw the lad being brought out of the house and put in the ambulance. Paramedics were working away on the CPR with the doors open.

“Everybody was out in the street, all the neighbours. There was police everywhere.

“The ambulance was there for about five or ten minutes and then it drove off.

“His mum and brother were sobbing in the street.”

Another woman, who did not want to be named, said: “There’s a lot of bad boys around here but Jordan was one of the good guys.”

Mr Sivori said Mr Begley had worked for him for about four years. He added: “He was a young lad who came in for a job one day. He had an opportunity and he took it.

“He was very, very good in learning the job – very, very efficient. He was first class, he was a good worker, a bit quietish but hard working.”

Mr Sivori said he was told of the death by Mr Begley’s mother.

“She phoned me and was very distressed. She said, ‘My son is in hospital, he’s died’. I couldn’t believe it.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said: “Police received a 999 call reporting a disturbance where there was a man with a knife. Officers were dispatched immediately and arrived in eight minutes. On arrival, a Taser was discharged to detain a 23-year-old man.

“At this time it is unclear what happened, but at some point afterwards the man suffered a medical episode.”