A 34-year-old man was killed after he was tasered by police, having been found eating a woman’s face in a hotel room in South Wales.
The murder suspect, Matthew Williams, had only been released from prison two weeks before the incident on Thursday.
The victim, a 22-year-old woman whom Williams had met not long before the murder, was found with half her eyeball and half of her face eaten, in what has been described as a “Hannibal Lecter”-type scene.
BBC News reported that security staff at the hotel burst into the room after Williams refused to let them into the room. After they entered, they allegedly found him eating her.
The staff immediately notified the police who arrived and tasered Williams with high voltage shocks, knocking him to the floor. He was then formally arrested, but became unresponsive from the tasering he had received and died soon after.
The victim of the horrific act of cannibalism also died at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in the village of Argoed, near Blackwood, South Wales.
In a statement regarding the incident, Gwent Police said, “The woman, aged 22 from Blackwood, was located with injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A Taser was discharged and a man was arrested… Whilst under arrest, the man became unresponsive.”
A local councillor in Argoed, Leon Gardiner, told reporters, “This has hit the community for six. I have lived here and represented Argoed for over 30 years and this is the worst tragedy that has happened for us as a village.”
According to a spokeswoman for the Association of Chief Police Officers, this is the first time a person has been killed from a taser while being arrested.
“There have been deaths where Taser has been used, but inquests have revealed these people have died from other injuries or reasons,” she said.