On early Monday morning, an aggressive man in View Royal was tasered by police in a tense confrontation.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., West Shore RCMP were called to a pedestrian bridge near the 200 block of the Island Highway in View Royal for reports of a disturbance.
When police arrived, they encountered a man wearing a backpack on the bridge who was “visibly distraught and agitated.”
As officers approached him, the man said that he had a “syringe full of gasoline” and began reaching for something inside his backpack.
Police then told the man to stop what he was doing and show them his hands. After failing to cooperate with police, he then became aggressive and the officers began to worry that he was reaching for a weapon.
The officers then tried to deescalate the situation by continuing to speak with the man, but he continued to display aggressive behaviour and then began to approach the officers.
That’s when the officers tased the man and released a police dog to secure him. .
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“This man was clearly displaying the potential to cause serious harm to those present and the public in the area,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP.
The man was then safely apprehended and taken to hospital for treatment of injuries received during the arrest.