Video shows man taken down after pulling weapon on New West police

One man is in custody after allegedly threatening people in downtown New Westminster this morning (Friday).

At approximately 11:45 a.m., a male was observed by a New Westminster Police Department officer in the area of 8th Street and Columbia Street displaying “assaultive and threatening behaviour,” read a police statement.

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“The officer who observed this behaviour called for backup while maintaining visual contact with the male. When additional officers arrived the male produced a weapon. Officers attempted to de-escalate through verbal commands, which were not effective, and the male remained non-compliant.”

The video embedded in this story shows the man being taken down.

Police said an officer used a conductive energy weapon, “which was ineffective. Ultimately, an officer deployed a less-lethal extended range impact weapon which allowed officers to safely approach and arrest the male.”

 

The male received minor injuries and is being treated at a local hospital, said police and the male remains in police custody.

This investigation is ongoing and charges of assault are being considered.

 

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