Nanaimo police officers Taser man armed with hatchet

NANAIMO – RCMP Tasered a hatchet-wielding man in north Nanaimo Sunday after he ignored commands to stop.

  • Jul. 30, 2013 3:00 p.m.

A man armed with a hatchet and running along rooftops in north Nanaimo was Tasered by police Sunday after ignoring commands to stop.

The Nanaimo RCMP say they had numerous 911 calls of a hatchet-wielding man jumping over fences and dashing across rooftops along Bonavista Place Sunday afternoon. Witnesses reportedly saw him holding a hatchet to his throat and acting bizarrely.

Police found the man on a rooftop in the 6000 block of Brickyard Road, where they surrounded him and ordered him to stop. He jumped to the ground and was preparing to flee when he was Tasered, a police statement reads. It took six officers to subdue the man and take him into custody for various weapon offences. He had minor injuries and was taken to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for a health assessment.