Suspect with knife arrested in Sooke area of Galloping Goose trail after waving it at passerby

Sooke

2021-06-29 13:30 HAP

Dossier nº 2021-2802

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On Sunday June 27th just after 11a.m. the Sooke RCMP were contacted after a report of a man carrying a knife and acting suspicious on Sooke River road.

Sooke RCMP frontline officers attended immediately and learned the man had entered the Galloping Goose trail and was traveling toward Edward Milne Community School. The complainant said that the man had waved a knife at them, but never struck them. The complainant was concerned as there were lots of people on the trail at that time of day.

The man was located shortly after walking northbound on the trail. The attending RCMP member identified himself to the suspect as a police officer and asked the man to drop the knife that he was still carrying. The suspect did not comply with this direction and ran towards the member, dropped the knife and ran away. Officers engaged in a short foot chase and challenged the male who continued to not comply with police direction. The uncooperative male was taken into custody at that point and taken to a local hospital for assessment, and treatment of some injuries. The knife was located and seized as well.

Considering the all the factors in this situation including threats of violence by a suspect waving a knife in a highly populated area to both a civilian and an officer, this situation could have had drastically different results said Staff Sergeant Brett Sinden, Sooke RCMP Detachment Commander The attending members were calm in their approach to this incident, and I’m very proud of how they handled themselves

The Sooke RCMP have noted an increase in calls for service involving knives and edged weapons continue to work with partners, including crime analysts to analyze this trend he said.

If you were a witness to this incident, or have information about any other similar incidents, please contact the Sooke RCMP at (250)-642-5241 

Diffusé par :

Serg. Chris Manseau

Agent des relations avec les médias
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