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Tsawwassen break and enter suspect Tasered
A man charged with breaking and entering into a Tsawwassen home last week was tasered by Delta Police.
In a media release, the department underscored how a potentially tragic ending was averted by officers when the 26-year-old was subdued with a Taser after asking police to kill him and then stabbing himself.
"The sad thing is, that while under the influence of drugs or suffering from some sort of acute mental illness, the subjects we deal with are often unpredictable and a higher level of force has to be used to solve the situation," DPD Chief Constable Jim Cessford said in an issued statement.
Around 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 Delta Police responded to a caller who said an unknown man was walking around the second floor deck of a home on Jackson Way.
In a media release, the department said Katlin Richardson, 26, was seen walking inside the home "in an agitated emotional state" and told police he had a gun. The Delta man then stripped off his shirt and told police he wanted them to shoot him.
The officers called the RCMP emergency response team to the scene, but in the meantime Richardson produced a knife and stabbed himself in the neck and upper body. The officers decided to enter the home.
"Delta Police members attempted to engage the man in dialogue, but he again refused to follow police direction and attempted to barricade himself into a room while in possession of the knife," DPD said in the release.
Officers used a Taser once to subdue Richardson and took him into custody. He was treated on scene by BC Ambulance Service medics and transported to hospital to receive treatment for his stab wounds.
“This had the potential to be a very dangerous situation involving a person with apparent mental health and drug addiction issues … We often talk about the incidents that end up with a tragic outcome. It is important to state that the police handle dangerous incidents like this on a daily basis and the end result is a peaceful outcome," Chief Cessford said.
In the ensuing investigation, Delta Police tied the man to another break and enter and theft of a vehicle earlier in the day. Charges have been approved for two counts of break and enter and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.