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Woman dies after being Tasered by police during 'axe stand-off'



An investigation is underway after a woman died following the use of a police taser near Newcastle in New South Wales overnight.

Just after 12.30pm, police were called to a block of units in Stockton after reports a woman was allegedly threatening people with an axe.

The 47-year-old woman allegedly also threatened officers with the axe and barricaded herself inside a unit.

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Police negotiators and tactical officers were called to the scene, but officers only gained entry at about 9.45pm.

Police said "a number of tactical options" were used to take the woman into custody, including the use of a Taser.

She was taken to an ambulance, but her condition deteriorated and she was taken to hospital, where she later died.

A critical incident team will investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

The investigation will be subject to an independent review.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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