Police were justified in using a Taser against a man threatening to kill himself, an oversight body has found.
Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire said officers had acted in a “lawful” and “proportionate” manner during the incident in north Belfast last October.
His report also found that Tasering the man, who was intoxicated through drink and drugs and was pressing a knife to his throat, had been “necessary”.
Although no complaint was made, the incident had been referred to the ombudsman for independent assessment.
Investigators obtained a copy of the phone call made to police during which a man claimed to have a knife and a bottle and was going to take his own life.
They also examined the scene of the discharge and took accounts from eye witnesses – all of whom were consistent in their description of events.
The ombudsman said police had kept the man on the line while a local response crew was dispatched.