WINNIPEG - Police were forced to use a taser, three times, on a 26-year-old man, believed to be on meth, who was threatening officers with a weapon.
Wednesday afternoon police responded to a report of a man that had assaulted an individual with a screwdriver on Dufferin Ave.
One officer located a male suspect walking in the area of Aikins Street and Stella Avenue. The man, who is believed to have been high on methamphetamine, was followed by police to the rear yard of a home on Stella Avenue where he picked up a snow shovel.
Police ordered the man to drop the shovel, however he didn't respond and walked towards the cruiser while armed. The officer got out of the car and drew his Conducted Electrical Weapon (“Taser”). The man then began to walk away but turned around and threw the shovel at the officer, narrowly missing him.
The officer deployed the Taser but was unsuccessful. The man then produced a screwdriver and the Taser was deployed for a second time, but was again ineffective.
The man continued to approach officers making threats. As more officers arrived, the man took off on foot with the screwdriver. He was tracked to a nearby area where he raised the screwdriver at an officer in an aggressive manner. The Taser was successfully deployed and the man was taken into custody without injury.
Brett Mikal Keeper, a 26-year-old from Winnipeg, has been charged:
- Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon (x2)
- Assault with a Weapon
- Resist Peace Officer
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x2)
Keeper was also wanted on three outstanding arrests warrants for:
- Fail to Comply Probation Order
- Fail to Attend Court (x2)