Australian police admitted on Friday that one of their officers used a taser in a nursing home on a 95-year-old woman, who is now in a “critical condition”.
Police said in a statement that police were called to a nursing home in New South Wales on Wednesday to subdue a woman “who was carrying a knife”.
“The officers tried to talk to the woman,” she continued. “During this interaction, an experienced officer used his taser, causing the woman to fall and hit her in the head.”
The old woman was taken to Koma district hospital in the south of the state, where she is in a “critical condition,” according to the police.
According to the Daily newspaper Daily Telegraph de Sydney and other media outlets, the woman, Claire Nowland, a mother of eight with dementia, was walking on her walker brandishing a knife when police arrived.
Police said they had opened an investigation into the “serious incident”.