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RCMP arrested a 35-year-old man from Mill Bay for wielding a knife during the city’s annual Christmas light up celebration.

According to a statement from North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, the man was seen waving a large knife while walking through a group of teenagers at the event.

Police drew their firearms to apprehend the suspect who they say was showing aggressive behaviour. The man was arrested with no further incident.

“A witness to the arrest stated ‘isn’t that a bit excessive’ referring to the officer’s handgun. this officer made split second decisions to protect others and himself, and succeeded without injury to anyone,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Swain, in a statement.

“You will see us in a visible way, carrying firearms at public events such as this, Remembrance Day and other events for community safety and security.”

Further, the police statement advises the public to keep a safe distance when observing an officer making an arrest or taking their firearm out to apprehend a suspect.

“Our officers are invested in our community, we love to attend community events and give out candy canes, but ultimately we are there for your safety,” said media spokesperson Sgt. Trevor Busch.

The suspect in this incident was released from custody the next day and police are recommending weapons related charges.