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Woman tased by Kelowna police for her own safety

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April 22, 2016 - 4:35 PM

KELOWNA – Local RCMP were forced to taser a woman in downtown Kelowna after her erratic behavior posed a threat to herself and other members of the public.

RCMP say they received several complaints and concerns for a woman who was running on Bernard Avenue, crying and holding syringes in her hands around 2 p.m., April 22.

Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release the woman's behavior was "irrational, allegedly threatening and potentially dangerous."

“RCMP arrived on scene and attempted to negotiate verbally with the woman," O'Donaghey says in the release. "Attempts were made to de-escalate the woman’s erratic behaviour."

Police determined the woman's threatening behaviour posed a danger to herself and the public, as she was still in possession of several syringes.

“To ensure public and police safety, officers utilized a conducted energy weapon to apprehend the woman under the Mental Health Act," he says.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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