Police in Nanaimo used a patrol vehicle to bring down a suspect with a knife Wednesday. (News Bulletin file photo)

Police use vehicle to take down suspect wielding knife at Nanaimo park

Suspect sustained minor injuries during arrest after allegedly threatening RCMP officer

A 33-year-old Nanaimo man was injured when police used a vehicle to effect his arrest Wednesday, March 7.

According to police, the suspect has a propensity for violence, weapons and unpredictable behaviour and sustained minor scrapes and bruises when police used a vehicle to assist in his arrest, shortly before 10 a.m. near the ParticipAction Park in Beban Park.

The incident began when an RCMP officer on patrol saw the man, whom the officer knew was arrestable for breaching his release conditions from a previous violation. As the officer approached, the suspect allegedly pulled out a knife, told the officer he would kill him and then ran off.

The officer, who’d had a previous violent encounter with the suspect, pulled out his firearm and gave pursuit and alerted other officers the suspect was armed and headed toward the Altrusa Playground where there were young children with their parents.

Another officer arrived and, taking into account his safety and the safety of nearby children and pedestrians, opted to strike the suspect at low speed with the front of his police vehicle. The suspect flipped onto the vehicle’s hood and then fell on the ground allowing the other officer to seize the knife and take him into custody.

The suspect was treated at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for his injuries and is facing numerous charges including, but not limited to, several breach of condition charges, possession of a weapon and uttering threats.

Just Posted

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

OPINION: Nanaimo not only voted, but voted with purpose

Nanaimo’s civic leadership will see the change that so many wanted

Explosion at homeless camp causes brush fire along Millstone

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews haul hundreds of metres of hose down ravine

New Nanaimo Ladysmith school board will need to get its bearings

Trustee candidates waited till midnight Saturday for election results, but say the wait was worth it

2018 municipal election: Few surprises on Vancouver Island

16 incumbent mayors will continue in their positions for four more years

ELECTION DAY: Krog voted in as Nanaimo’s next mayor

Hemmens, Armstrong, Geselbracht, Brown, Turley, Bonner, Thorpe and Maartman elected as councillors

Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum

Two-part ballots now being mailed to all registered voters

B.C. oncologist changing the face of breast cancer treatment

Dr. Juanita Crook, a Kelowna oncologist, has seen 100 per cent success using brachytherapy to treat breast cancer in some patients.

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

Most Read