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City police Taser 'agitated' man

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A 27-year-old man in the midst of a mental-health crisis was Tasered by the local police force on Friday afternoon.

The incident occurred after Brockville police responded at 4 p.m. to a call outside of a Park Street residence where a man reportedly confronted a mental-health worker in an aggressive manner before fleeing into his home.

Upon arrival, police began communicating through the closed door with the man, who police described as “agitated” and refusing to comply with directions.

The man then exited the residence and confronted police while wielding a broom handle, police say. An officer deployed the Taser and the man was apprehended and taken to Brockville General Hospital under the Mental Health Act. He did not suffer injuries.

Inspector Scott Fraser of the Brockville Police Service said the local force has used the Taser less than five times so far this year.

He said the Taser is a good tool for police to have at their disposal. “It's never good news (to use it),’ Fraser said, “but if we didn't have the Taser, what's our next option?”

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