UPDATE: Springhill Police taser suspect with weapon

Dave Mathieson
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Incident occurred on the corner of Drummond and Chapel streets

SPRINGHILL – Springhill Police were called to a standoff in the community on Thursday afternoon.

Many details aren't available, but witnesses said police tasered a man in his late 20s after he allegedly brandished what was described as a long butcher knife.

The individual was apprehended and was taken into custody.

“I woke up and the cops were here surrounding the house,” said a neighbor.

He said the incident began at about 12:45 p.m. and ended at 2 p.m.

He said the police spent much of that time trying to get the man to come out of the house.

“He was waving the knife, he wouldn’t let them in, and he had the music blaring,” said a second witness.

Police used a bungee cord to keep the door open, and when the man came out waving the knife the police tasered him.

“He screamed when they tasered him,” said the first witness.

While being apprehended he was telling the police to let him go.

The second witness also said he didn’t cooperate with a paramedic at the scene.

“The paramedic tried to put the machine on him to test his heart and he hollered at the woman and said, ‘get away from me, don’t touch me.’ She pulled the monitors off, backed away and said, ‘I can’t don anything with this one.’”

Both witnesses said the man appeared to be drunk and might have been on drugs as well.

The incident occurred at 12 Chapel Street, on the corner of Chapel and Drummond Street.

Both witnesses said the man doesn’t live at the residence but was visiting his uncle. They said it’s not the first time the police have had to come to the house to take him away, and said he is often in trouble with the law.

“I feel sorry for the uncle,” said the second witness.

Springhill police were asked for comment but said they would issue a press release.

A submitted video of the incident can be seen at the Latest Videos section at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.

The video is entitled 'Police Taser Suspect'

Geographic location: Drummond

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