Man arrested after resisting arrest on 2nd Ave W

Prince Rupert

2023-05-14 21:11 PDT

File # 23-2990

Prince Rupert - A man is in custody after resisting arrest with police. On May 14th at 7:15 p.m. Prince Rupert RCMP were called to the 300 block of 2nd Ave W for a report of a man laying down in the doorway of a business.

An officer arrived on scene and requested a second member as he recognized the man from previous interactions and he knew him to have a history of violence. The officers determined the man was intoxicated in public and unable to care for himself, he did not provide a safe place he could stay for the night and therefore he was placed under arrest.

When the officers went to secure the man in handcuffs for their safety and for the purpose of transporting him to the detachment the man refused to comply with their lawful orders. Officers updated their partners on shift that the man was resisting and all available officers responded immediately.

The man continued to not follow directions from officers despite pain compliance methods being used, the decision was made to deploy a conducted energy weapon (CEW), more commonly known as a taser, in the probe mode, which induces pain. The man was given one cycle of the probe mode and immediately upon receiving it he complied and officers were able to secure him safely.

BC Emergency Health Services was notified of the incident by police but the patient, who was aggressive in nature, did not require transport to hospital and remained in custody overnight.

The man will be held in custody overnight until he is sober and able to care for himself, he will be released on an undertaking for obstruction (resisting arrest).

"The Prince Rupert RCMP is aware of the video circulating online regarding this particular incident," Media relations officer Cst. Brody Hemrich said, "we are asking anyone with video footage or who witnessed the incident to provide a statement."

If you have any information please call the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-624-2136. In case of an emergency always call 9-1-1.

Released by:

Cst. Brody Hemrich
Media Relations Officer
Prince Rupert Detachment


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