British Columbia

Man arrested, Tasered after threatening Kamloops RCMP with hatchet

Online video appears to show police trying to subdue the suspect with a conducted energy weapon and pleads to lie down in Kamloops parking lot.

Online video shows officers using Taser on man and pleading with him to lie down

Kamloops RCMP say using a conducted energy weapon was not enough to subdue this man who they say was waving a hatchet at two officers on June 3, 2016. (Zack Hudson/YouTube)

A 29-year-old man is facing charges in Kamloops after wielding a hatchet in a violent confrontation with RCMP officers, which bystanders appear to have captured on camera. (WARNING: the video contains violent images and profanity.)

Police say that on Friday two officers were notified by a citizen around 10:30 a.m. PT that two men were drinking alcohol at a bus stop on Tranquille Road and Sydney Avenue near Northhills Mall.

The officers approached the men and told them they could not drink in a public place.

A release from Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says that one of the men was cooperative, while the other, "became belligerent with the officers and started aggressively yelling at them."

This image is a still captured from an online video shot by witnesses to the confrontation which happened near Northhills Mall in Kamloops. (Zack Hudson/YouTube)

"It is alleged that the man then removed a hatchet from his backpack and began swinging it at the uniformed officers," said the release.

The online video recorded by someone at the bus stop and posted to YouTube shows the suspect yelling at the officers, "put your f__ing gun away or I'll throw this at you."

At that point, one of the officers deployed a Taser at the suspect, but did not immobilise him. Another officer then used pepper spray on the suspect, causing him to drop the weapon.

On the video, the officers can be heard asking the man to "please," lie down on the ground repeatedly as they keep their distance from the clearly distraught suspect.

Kamloops RCMP say officers used a conducted energy weapon [CEW] and pepper spray to try subdue this suspect, but he only appears to become more engaged in an online video. (Zack Hudson/YouTube)

Eventually the man ran off across the street and the video ends there. He was later found in Northhills Mall where another RCMP officer was able to subdue him with a Taser.

He was then taken into custody and is facing numerous charges, say police.

"Any time a police officer must arrest a violent person it is a potentially dangerous situation," stated Shelkie.

"But in this case, where the violent person is in a very public place and other citizens could be injured, it is especially dangerous.  Luckily the officers were able to take the suspect into custody without the safety of any bystanders being compromised."

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