Knife-wielding man gets punch instead of bullet

A Saanich police officer subdued a young man by punching him in the face early Friday morning after he wouldn't drop a large kitchen knife

A Saanich police officer subdued a young man by punching him in the face early Friday morning after he wouldn’t drop a large kitchen knife he used to threaten his mother.

Just after midnight, police received a dropped 911 call from a residence in the 3800-block of Merriman Dr. in the Cedar Hill area. Less than an hour earlier, police had attended the same house for a disturbance call, and found two occupants in the home – a mother and son – to be extremely intoxicated, according to Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

Officers who responded the second time were met at the front door by the intoxicated son, who was brandishing a kitchen knife in his left hand.

He took an aggressive stance with the officers while wielding the knife, so officers drew their weapons. Despite repeated orders to drop the knife, the suspect refused.

In a quick moment when the suspect turned his attention to his mother, one of the Saanich officers struck the man with his fist. A physical struggle ensued, and the suspect was handcuffed and arrested.

“This was a tense situation that required almost immediate decision-making,” Jantzen said. “Our officers are forced into action based on the actions of the suspect. And sometimes we have the benefit of being able to contain someone and call for extra resources, like ERT, but in many situations, our patrol (officers), including canine officers, are left with having to make judgement calls.”

No one sustained serious injuries in the incident. Four knives were seized from the home as evidence.

While being interviewed, the mother said her son held one of the knives to her throat. Jantzen said alcohol played a “significant factor” in the incident.

Police are recommending charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose against the 20-year-old son.


Just Posted

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Good things come in small, strong, fast packages

Sierra Gillis hopes to represent Canada one day in fastball or rugby

New UVic study to track decline of insects in Metchosin

Traps will be set to catch and weigh flying insects

Edibles sidelined in proposed amendments to Cannabis Act

Health Canada says edible regulation is still more than a year away

Paralympic dream for rider with cerebral palsy

Kim Scott’s goal is to represent Canada and won’t let anything, including cerebral palsy, get in her way

Canucks find scoring touch in 5-2 win over Blackhawks

Four Vancouver skaters have two points apiece in victory over Chicago

Family of B.C. wildfire victim wants better emergency preparedness for vulnerable people

Williams Lake’s David Jeff “fell through the cracks”

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

Lower water pressure, discolouration expected Friday in Gorge-Tillicum area

McKenzie interchange work could affect water for up to a week

Mainroad crews cleaning up after winter

Motorists warned to be on the lookout for roadside workers

The most “Victoria” way to watch baseball?

HarbourCats fans can now watch games from double-decker buses

Where Canadians buy real estate abroad: report

Hot Spots: Top 30 home-buying destinations for Canadians in the Americas

Ban on grizzly bear hunt, new rules take effect April 1

Taxidermists, tanners will have to report on any grizzly bears or parts brought to them

Most Read