Video shows police fire tasers, rubber bullet in New Westminster takedown

New Westminster police say officers used tasers and a “less lethal extended range weapon” (ARWEN gun) to take down an aggressive man on Friday.

The incident happened near 8th and Columbia streets shortly before 11:45 a.m., and was captured on video.

According to police, the man was displaying “assaultive and threatening behaviour,” prompting the responding offer to call for backup.

“When additional officers arrived the male produced a weapon,” said Sgt. Jeff Scott in a media release.

Scott said when the man refused officers’ commands, police deployed the energy weapons, which were ineffective, at which point they used the ARWEN, which fires blunt projectiles.

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