ARMED police were called to a Stanmore cul-de-sac where a man allegedly ran around naked with a fake gun before being subdued with a Taser.
The 25-year-old suspect was detained with the use of the handheld device, which incapacitates the victim with mild electric shocks, in Hanselin Close on Monday at 5.15pm.
Officers – including specialists from the Metropolitan Unit's CO19 armed unit – cordoned off the road and surrounded the property, all with the police helicopter hovering overhead.
Just hours later, Harrow's borough commander Superintendent Dal Babu spoke about the use of Taser at a meeting of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group, but specifically did not mention the incident.
Police are refusing to reveal anything other than the bear details of the incident. They say the suspect was "safely detained with the use of a Taser", before being taken by paramedics to hospital and then South Harrow Police Station in Northolt Road.
The firearm was later found to be an imitation.
One member of Cottesmore Tenants' and Residents' Association, who did not wish to give her name, said: "The people who live on the Cottesmore Estate don't want any publicity. It was a very unpleasant incident."
Tony Raymond, chairman of the Stanmore Society, was at the HPCCG meeting at Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, whose audience had no idea of the drama that had taken place several miles away.
He said: "There was a question from the floor about the use of Taser. It was answered appropriately. The impression Supt Babu gave is that they were 'rarely' used in Harrow and they are used instead of firearms where possible."
A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray, exposure and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.