Distraught man with knife tasered and taken into custody in View Royal

West Shore RCMP were called to assist View Royal Fire Rescue with a distraught man at Pheasant Lane and Helmcken Rd in View Royal, just after 4:00 pm on Thursday.

Police located the man in the middle of Pheasant Lane where officers attempted to check his well-being.

Police say after several attempts at gathering information, the man took out a knife and started walking away from police, ignoring any commands to drop the weapon.

At one point, the man turned around and headed toward police, he was subsequently subdued using a Conducted Energy Weapon.

The suspect, a 19 year old Esquimalt man, was taken into custody and transported to hospital for medical assessment.

The RCMP officers involved reacted professionally, compassionately and appropriately given the rapidly escalating circumstances, said Paul Hurst, View Royal Fire Chief, who witnessed the scene.

The suspect is facing charges of Failure to comply with Probation Order, Failure to comply with Undertaking given by Justice or Judge and Obstruction of a Peace officer.

Our primary goal is to ensure public safety, states Cst. Alex Bérubé of the West Shore RCMP.

Fortunately nobody was injured during this incident.
Anyone with information are asked to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.