Violent woman with axe disarmed by local cops
The Castlegar RCMP arrested a violent and distraught woman in Robson BC, without injury to the woman or attending officers on Saturday morning. Reports had been received that the woman was damaging a home with an axe.
On July 9, at approximately 11:09 a.m., the Castlegar RCMP were called to an address in Robson, where an emotionally distraught female was reported to be damaging a residence with an axe.
Upon police arrival, Castlegar RCMP officers found the woman outside of the residence, where it is alleged that the woman, who, while armed with an axe, repeatedly made threatening gestures and approaches towards the RCMP officers. Officers attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation, however the woman refused to comply with police directions. At one point the woman retreated into an RV and continued to yell at police, periodically exiting the RV with the axe in hand.
Additional resources were brought in from surrounding units to assist with containing the area. One nearby home was evacuated to ensure the safety of the homeowners. Other surrounding residents were asked to remain inside until further notice.
After approximately one hour, while officers continued to dialogue with the woman, it was noted that she remained agitated and threatening. In order to ensure the woman’s wellbeing and take her into custody in a safe manner, the officers deployed a conducted energy weapon, which was not effective in disarming the woman. Officers were able to disarm the woman by utilizing second non-lethal weapon by firing a beanbag round at the woman. Officers were able to then safely approach the woman and subdue her without further incident or injuries to the woman or the attending officers.
The 34-year-old woman remains in custody where a bail hearing will be held seeking her detention until Monday July 11, at which time it is anticipated that she will appear in court.
The Castlegar RCMP would like to thank the residents of the neighbourhood for their co-operation during this dangerous and potentially lethal police call for service. Anyone with information regarding this matter who has not spoken to investigators, are asked to call the Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721.