Vernon police up early to disarm man with knife

RCMP responded to a disturbance on Heritage Drive at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25

Some Vernon residents awoke early Wednesday morning to the sound of a man trying to smash his way into a parked vehicle.

Around 4:30 a.m., Vernon RCMP received calls from residents on the 4900 block of Heritage Drive about a man behaving erratically, beating on a parked vehicle with a lacrosse stick.

When police arrived to the location they found the man by himself pacing behind vehicles armed with a knife. Police attempted to speak with the man in an effort to de-escalate the situation.

“This individual was exhibiting behaviour that indicated he was a danger to himself and the public,” Vernon North Okanagan media relations officer Cpl.Tania Finn said.

“As the armed man would not comply with any verbal commands given by our officers, police utilized an intervention option which allowed them to maintain some distance while disarming him.”

A 29-year-old Vernon man was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital. No injuries were sustained by the man or the responding officers.

READ MORE: Charges move forward for two men connected to 2017 Vernon stabbing

READ MORE: BC Ferries passengers asked to avoid all non-essential travel amid pandemic


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Partial closure on Cadder Avenue for utility upgrades

Traffic will be reduced to westbound traffic from Aug. 17 to Sept. 11

Kelowna Hells Angels prospect charged with assault, choking

Jason Townsend, 43, was charged after allegedly choking a woman last weekend

Crawford watering restriction lifted to Stage 2

Stage 2 means irrigation can now happen twice weekly in the area

Annual Arts in the Park returns to West Kelowna’s Grizzli Winery

The event is being held on Aug. 15. and 16.

Hip three-storey food and music hub proposed for downtown Kelowna

The building would serve as a restaurant, music hall or urban ballroom depending on the event

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

B.C. to hire 500 more COVID-19 contact tracers ahead of fall

Contract tracers add an ‘extra layer’ in the fight against the novel coronavirus

Summerland council to examine meeting options

Present livestreaming has been plagued with sound quality issues

Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

Money can be used to battle food insecurity and support children and mental health

Floating concert to shake Shuswap Lake

Pair of bands booked to play floating concert at the Sea Store on Sept. 5

Man accused of killing Red Deer doctor says he does not remember attack

Appearing before a judge, Deng Mabiour, 54, rambled about being sick and needing a doctor

RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigate drowning in Penticton

Incident occurred on afternoon of Aug. 11, 2020

Syrian from Shuswap witnesses devastation in Lebanon

‘Three, four, five minutes later, smoke covered the whole area…’

Teen killer Kelly Ellard gets day parole extension, allowing up to 5 days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Most Read