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Man arrested for swinging hatchet at Kamloops Mounties

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June 03, 2016 - 2:32 PM

KAMLOOPS - RCMP needed a combination of tasers and pepper spray to take down a man swinging a hatchet in Kamloops this morning.

RCMP say at around 10:30 a.m., June 3, two officers were on patrol at the bus loop on Tranquille Road and Sydney Avenue near the Northhills Mall. After being notified about two men were drinking alcohol at the bus stop, the officers approached the men and advised them they are not allowed to drink alcohol in a public place. 

One of the men was cooperative, however one became belligerent with the officers and started aggressively yelling at them. Police say the man then removed a hatchet from his backpack and began swinging it at the uniformed officers. 

One of the officers "deployed a conducted energy weapon," but it didn't take the "desired effect," according to a Kamloops RCMP media release. As officers continued to communicate with the man with requests to drop the weapon, the man continued to swing the hatchet at the officers. 

An officer used pepper spray and the suspect dropped the hatchet. The suspect took off on foot into the Northhills Mall where a third officer located tasered him. This time it worked and the suspect was taken into custody.  

A 29-year-old man faces numerous charges and was scheduled to appear in court today.

“Any time a police officer must arrest a violent person it is a potentially dangerous situation. In this case, where the violent person is in a very public place and other citizens could be injured, it is especially dangerous," Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in the release.

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