A 42-year-old man was Tasered by Halifax Regional Police on Sunday morning for allegedly becoming violent and resisting arrest.

Halifax Regional Police say at 10:30 a.m. they responded to information about a man who had broken a window out of a vehicle on Mitchell Street in Halifax’s south end. When they arrived and approached the man, the Taser was used “because of the level of violence shown toward police when they attempted to arrest him,” said Staff Sgt. Richard Gilroy.

“He was swinging, punching, kicking. He was very violent,” Gilroy said.


Gilroy said the Taser “had absolutely no effect on him” and about four or five officers were needed to make the arrest. The man was then transported by ambulance to the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

Several officers received minor injuries in this incident, but police say all were back working a short time later.

“Between his arrest and transport to hospital, that’s when the officers were assaulted,” said Gilroy, adding it was “quite an ordeal.”

The man also received minor injuries and is now undergoing mental and health assessments at the QEII, which police say could take a few days.

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