Thursday, December 20, 2007

Prince Rupert RCMP use tazer to subdue suspect

The Vancouver Province has details of an incident over last weekend that resulted in the Prince Rupert RCMP using a tazer to subdue a 21 year old male who had allegedly stabbed another man in the face.

After allegedly assaulting an officer and continuing to resist arrest the man was subdued using the electrical device.

The incident was also listed on the RCMP Information website, both reports are listed below..

Police use Taser to subdue suspect
CanWest News Service
Thursday, December 20, 2007

PRINCE RUPERT -- Police used a Taser while arresting a 21-year-old man who allegedly stabbed another man in the face.

Police said they were called to a home in Prince Rupert after a stabbing complaint last weekend. There they found a 41-year-old man with a cut on his face as well as the 21-year-old suspect, said RCMP Const. Krista Vrolyk.

During the arrest, the man punched one officer in the stomach. He continued to resist arrest, refusing to comply with police, said Vrolyk. Police then shot the man with a Taser.

Vrolyk said the two men were acquaintances, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the stabbing.

From the RCMP information site

Male Arrested for Stabbing At approximately 0230 hours on December 15th, 2007, Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a complaint of a stabbing in the 200 block of 5th Avenue West. Investigation determined that a 41 year old male victim had been stabbed in the face.

RCMP attended the scene and advised a 21 year old male that he was under arrest for assault with a weapon. During the arrest, the male suspect displayed combative behaviour by swinging fists - striking one of the police officers with a blow to the stomach.

Members on scene called for additional backup units to assist in securing this violent individual. The male continued to resist arrest refusing to comply with verbal commands and continued punching and kicking at the Members.

After attempts to secure the suspect using empty hand control techniques were proven ineffective, the male was subsequently brought under control using a Conducted Energy Weapon and taken into custody without further incident.

Cst. Krista VROLYK Cell: (250)-622-7700
Prince Rupert RCMP Phone: (250)-627-0700
Media Relations Officer
100 6th Avenue West Prince Rupert, B.C. V8J 3Z3

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