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NEWS RELEASE · 16th February 2010
Terrace RCMP
On February 13, 2010 at approximately 3:55 a.m., police responded to the report of a disturbance on Kalum Street, Terrace, B.C. Upon arrival, officers witnessed an emotionally disturbed man wielding a bloodstained butcher knife in a threatening manner.

The male appeared to have been cutting himself with the knife. Officer's immediately ordered the male to drop the weapon and place his hands above his head.

The male refused to drop the knife stating that he was either going to kill the police officers or the police officers would have to kill him.

Several attempts to negotiate with the male failed to persuade him to abandon his weapon and cease the threatening behavior.

One of the officers present deployed a tazer into the man, which immobilized him, causing him to collapse to the ground. Officers present were then able to safely disarm the male, taking him into custody without further incident.

The 21 year old, Terrace resident was assessed by paramedics on scene and deemed fit to be transported to Mills Memorial Hospital by the police for psychiatric assessment.
Comment by Diane Somerville rosswood b.C. on 23rd February 2010
I am one who believes police officers often misuse their tazers, but in this case it certainly was warrented.
Comment by gav on 16th February 2010
this is how is a prime example of when to use the tazer. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzap done!
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Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 16th February 2010
This sounds like an appropriate use of a protect the suspect and the opposed to the use of deadly force.

Well done.