Naked man shot by police after throwing beer cans

Police officer and paramedic
Police officer and paramedic. (Photo: Politie)

The police shot a seemingly disturbed man in the leg while arresting him in Capelle aan den IJssel on Tuesday night. The man was standing naked on a flat balcony on Reviusrondeel, shouting and throwing beer cans and other items to the ground, the police said in a statement.

Officers responded to Reviusrondeel around 10:00 p.m. after receiving reports of the naked man. At the scene the officers soon realized that the man could not be reasoned with. Trying to speak with him only resulted in the man pelting the police with beer cans and other items.

The officers tried to overpower the man first using pepper spray and then a taser. When neither method was effective, an officer decided to shoot the man in the leg, according to the police. The man was overpowered and taken to a hospital for treatment and psychological evaluation. The police will speak with him as soon as he is able. 

The Rijksrecherche - the department that handles internal investigations at the police - will investigate the incident. This is standard procedure whenever a police officer fires his gun.