Ottawa police use Taser gun on knife-wielding man

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Early Monday morning, police officers in Ottawa tasered a distressed person who they said carried a knife.

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The Ottawa Police Service told this newspaper that officers received a call just before 3 a.m. from Gatineau police about a suspicious vehicle that refused to stop and was possibly heading towards Ottawa.

Gatineau police told this newspaper their officers attempted to stop the vehicle near Boulevard Lucerne at around 2:50 a.m. for a traffic violation, but when officers attempted to stop the driver, they refused to cooperate and fled. The police used a spike plate to try to stop the car, but were unsuccessful and the driver fled towards Ottawa.

Gatineau police last saw the vehicle as it was crossing the Champlain Bridge. Ottawa Police located the vehicle heading south on Island Park Drive, just north of Richmond Road. Frontline officers attempted to stop the car but the driver refused to stop and a short chase ensued, the OPS told this newspaper.

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The vehicle was eventually stopped in a commercial parking lot in the 1300 block of Carling Avenue, according to the force.

Video of the incident, filmed by a passer-by in a nearby building, shows three OPS vehicles with sirens on following the suspect’s vehicle into the parking lot of Westgate Shopping Center near Merivale Road.

In the video, the suspect’s vehicle, a dark hatchback, rolls roughly and hits a rock bed near the entrance to the mall. The suspect, a male, gets out of the car and begins walking towards the mall surrounded by three OPS officers who got out of their service vehicles. The end of the interaction is not visible in the video due to an obstruction, but a small pop – apparently the sound of a Taser shot – can be heard, after which officers quickly walk towards the man. .

The man was brandishing a knife, police said. “He was placed under Taser, taken into custody; and later charged with numerous criminal offenses, ”the SPO wrote.

“Considering that the incident concerns a person in distress, no further information will be provided.”

The Special Investigations Unit is not involved in the incident, the SPO said.

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