NEWS RELEASE · 30th August 2010
At approximately 8:00pm on August 29, 2010, the New Hazelton RCMP responded to a report of a domestic incident in the 3500 block of Churchill Street New Hazelton.
RCMP members arrived on scene to observe an agitated, intoxicated male threatening to kill himself with a knife. RCMP members tried to calm the male with verbal intervention.
The male became more agitated, picked up a second knife and made advancements towards the RCMP members. RCMP members, fearing that the male may hurt himself or someone from the general public, deployed OC Spray on the male.
The OC Spray had little to no effect on the male. The male continued to say that he was going to kill himself and started cut himself with the knives. Members fearing that the male was going to seriously hurt himself or possibly kill himself deployed the Conductive Energy Weapon.
The Conductive Energy Weapon was successfully deployed which allowed the RCMP member to gain control over the male. The male was arrested under the Mental Health Act and transported to the hospital and released into the care of medical staff. File remains open under investigation
The New Hazelton RCMP would like to remind the public of the roles of a Police Officer under BC's Mental Health ACT:
Section 28(1) "A police officer or constable may apprehend and immediately take a person to a physician for examination if satisfied from personal observations, or information received, that the person:
a) is acting in a manner likely to endanger that person's own safety or the safety of others, and
b) is apparently a person with a mental disorder"
Comment by D. Rolfe on 1st September 2010
Hats off to officers for not shooting him and for using the taser to save actually save a life as it was intended.