An elderly Australian woman with dementia is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being tasered by police at a care home. Officers were called to Yallambee Lodge in Cooma, New South Wales (NSW), after reports that 95-year-old Clare Nowland was carrying a knife. The early morning incident has sparked outcry, over what advocates say was a disproportionate response. The New South Wales police chief has said an investigation is underway. Ms Nowland was found “armed” with a steak knife at the care home – which is in the town of Cooma about 114km (71 miles) south of Canberra – in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Assistant Police Commissioner Peter Cotter told media on Friday.

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