Police fire tasers at woman armed with a large knife in Sydney street

Jessica Tancred

Police said they had to taser a woman holding a knife outside a shopping strip in Sydney's inner west.

Witnesses said the woman showed up was armed with a large knife outside a packed café just after 1pm on Sunday afternoon.

The 42-year-old woman was not threatening anyone, but when police arrived and told her to drop the weapon she refused.

Witnesses said the woman was not threatening members of the public. Source: 7 News

Video shows two police moving in to taser the woman, causing her to fall to the ground.

Police said they took action to prevent any harm coming to the public.

Police said they were forced to use their tasers when the woman failed to listen to direction. Source: 7 News
She was taken to hospital for assessment. Source: 7 News

The woman did not appear to be harmed by the tasering, but she was taken to Concord Hospital for a mental health assessment.

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