Nelson Police Department officers used their Tasers for the first time since they were allowed back into use. A distraught man was subdued on Sunday in Fairview.

Police use Taser on combative man

Police used their Taser to gain control of an agitated man last weekend.

Police used their Taser to gain control of an agitated man last weekend.

On Sunday, Nelson Police responded to a call about a man who’d stabbed himself with a knife and fled his place of work. The caller noted the male needed medical attention and the ambulance was also dispatched.

When police found the male sitting on a curb in Fairview, he was approached with caution.

“Initially he was calm but became agitated and combative and punched the NPD member twice in the face,” said a release issued by the department.

The Taser was then deployed to gain control of him.

The man was taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital immediately by EHS and examined by a doctor. No injuries from the Taser were received, say police, and the man was treated for the self-inflicted stab wounds as well as possible mental health issues.

The incident is still under investigation and charges could be forthcoming.

This was the first time officers in Nelson deployed the conducted energy weapon since they were reinstated for use in the city this April.


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