New Brunswick

Taser halts woman allegedly wielding knife in barber shop

Sussex RCMP used a Taser to subdue a New Brunswick woman who was allegedly wielding a knife while chasing her husband into a barber shop.

Sussex RCMP used a Taser to subdue a New Brunswick woman who was allegedly wielding a knife while chasing her husband into a barber shop.

Stephanie Doucette, 30, appeared in Hampton provincial court on Wednesday. She faces several charges, including assault with a weapon and uttering death threats. She has been remanded into custody for a psychiatric assessment and will be back in court on Feb. 10 to enter a plea.

The charges stem from an incident at the Sussex Shopping Mall on Tuesday.

According to a witness, a man who appeared to be in his early 30s dashed into Mike's Barber Shop to escape a woman who was carrying a kitchen-style paring knife. He pulled the sliding door shut but she succeeded in knocking it off its track.

A woman inside the shop grabbed a small child and fled into a bathroom during the altercation.

When two uniformed RCMP officers and a plainclothes officer in the central New Brunswick town arrived at the mall's barber shop, Doucette was allegedly still threatening her husband and others with a knife.

RCMP said a Taser was used on the woman after the officers allegedly made "several verbal and physical" attempts over 15 minutes to control her, but she continued to try to attack her husband. After being hit with the stun gun, she dropped to the ground and was handcuffed, police said.

She was taken to Sussex Regional Hospital and examined, but didn't suffer any injuries, according to police.