November 9, 2012

RCMP arrested a man accused of brandishing a weapon following a minor traffic accident in Mahone Bay. He was hit with a police stun gun and then fell in a nearby inlet.

A 47-year-old man accused of brandishing knives and a sledgehammer following a minor traffic accident Saturday in Mahone Bay, N.S., was hit by a police stun gun and then fell into a local inlet, before being fished out by officers.

Lunenburg County RCMP say they were called to Main Street in the middle of the picturesque town around 7 p.m. They were responding to reports that one of the people involved in an accident between a car and an SUV had become upset.

Police were told one of the drivers had a sledgehammer and knives and was threatening the people in the other vehicle. The drivers knew each other, RCMP Cpl. Colin Molinski said.

RCMP said when officers arrived, they found a distraught man with two knives threatening to hurt himself.

Police said a stun gun was used on the man and he fell into the water near the town cenotaph.

“Police had to use the (conducted energy device) because the suspect was displaying suicidal behaviour, he had knives in his possession,” Molinksi said.

The man was taken to South Shore Regional Hospital. He was treated, released, and is now in police custody.

“Other than being a little wet, he was not injured,” Molinski said. “Medical attention was given as a precaution.”

Molinski said the man co-operated with paramedics and police after he was pulled out of the water.

The man is being charged with dangerous driving, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon. He will appear in provincial court on Monday.