Sooke RCMP use Taser to subdue man

Forty-seven-year-old East Sooke man remains in custody

  • Jul. 17, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Police used a Taser on a man at a construction site off Sooke Road after a “volatile situation” occurred at a construction site off Sooke Road.

Officers responded to a 911 at 7 p.m. Thursday at a residence on Seagirt Road in East Sooke where a 47-year-old man was allegedly threatening to harm himself.

Police believed the man could be in possession of a firearm, and had sequestered himself inside the residence with several containers of gasoline.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team was deployed to the house, along with dog teams and police negotiators.

After further investigation, police believe the man had left the residence prior to their arrival in a pickup truck.

At approximately 8:40 p.m., the RCMP negotiator observed the suspect vehicle travelling westbound on Sooke Road and followed it to a construction site.

Police attempted to persuade the driver to voluntarily leave his vehicle.

“Despite the de-escalation attempts of this highly-trained negotiator, the suspect remained agitated and non-compliant,” said Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur, commander of Sooke RCMP.

At one point, the suspect began moving back towards the cab of the truck, forcing officers to move in to prevent him accessing any weapons that may be inside or attempting to drive away.

A Taser was used and RCMP arrested the man. A large knife was found in the cab of the truck.

The man remains in custody. No charges have been laid.

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