Two local RCMP officers were injured while attempting to disarm a knife-wielding Trail man, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On Oct. 9 at 6:27 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a complaint about a 41-year-old Trail man allegedly causing a disturbance in the 2000 block of Daniel Street in Trail. A query of an RCMP computer system revealed that the man had two outstanding unendorsed warrants for his arrest.
"When a Trail RCMP officer arrived at the above location, he located and arrested the man in question. The man immediately became aggressive toward the officer and walked toward him while brandishing two large knives," Wicentowich said. "The man refused to drop the knives or comply with the direction provided by the officer. The officer successfully deployed his taser against the man and temporarily disabled him. The officer took the opportunity to remove both knives from the suspect’s hands while a second officer arrived on scene to assist. The man was secured by the two officers after a lengthy and violent struggle given by the man. The officers lodged the man into the cellblock at the Trail Detachment.
Both Trail RCMP officers received injuries during the violent incident. One of the officers was treated at hospital for a serious cut to his hand and remains off-duty.
"Trail and Greater District RCMP will be continuing to investigate the matter and will be speaking to people who witnessed the incident," Wicentowich added..
The 41-year-old Trail man will make his first appearance on Oct. 14, in Provincial Court in Rossland. He will be facing several charges including:
- Assaulting a Police Officer with a Weapon contrary to Section 270.01(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
- Possessing a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose contrary to Section 88(1) of the Criminal Code
- Resisting/Obstructing a Police Office contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code
This was a very serious incident which the two officers successfully resolved. They demonstrated their bravery and dedication to keeping Trail safe with quick action and thinking. Our thoughts are with our injured officer as he recovers.