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Naked man with knife Tasered by police

Hamilton police moved quickly to take down a naked man wielding a knife in the lower city last night, one witness says.

Officers took down man in Main and Wentworth area Sunday night

Hamilton police moved quickly to take down a naked man wielding a knife in the lower city last night, one witness says. 

Officers were called to the Main and Wentworth area around 8:30 p.m.

Jessica White lives in the area, and went outside to see what was going on after officers could be heard shouting, "Sir, drop the knife."

"I went outside, and saw a naked man in the middle of the street holding a kitchen knife," White said.

Hamilton police Const. Steve Welton told CBC News that responding police officers did use Tasers to subdue the man.

"Upon arrival it was obvious to the officers that the man was in crisis," Const. Steve Welton said.

White says her street was lined with cop cars and emergency vehicles as officers kept telling the man to drop the knife. He refused, she says, and kept walking silently towards them.

"He was just completely out of it," she said. "So they ended up hitting him three times with Tasers before he finally went down."

"It was really quick, the police did a great job."

​The man was "apprehended under the mental health act," Welton said, and taken to hospital.

"Police officers are focused on resolving all incidents where force is required with as little force as necessary to make it safe for all involved."

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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