Male suspects arrested in New Westminster and Whistler for violent behaviour

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      A male suspect was arrested this morning for behaving violently in New Westminster today, while a Vancouver man was arrested earlier this week after being physically disruptive at a business in Whistler.

      The New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) stated today (February 21) that around 11:45 a.m. today, an officer observed a male suspect displaying violent and threatening behavior in the area of 8th Street and Columbia Street in New Westminster.

      When other officers arrived at the scene, the suspect produced a weapon.

      Police tried to de-escalate the situation with verbal commands but the man did not comply with them.

      One officer then used a conductive energy weapon but it was ineffective.

      After that, an officer used a “less-lethal extended range impact weapon” which then enabled police to approach and arrest the suspect.

      The man sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

      He remains in custody and assault charges are being considered. His identity has not been released.

      Meanwhile, a Vancouver man was arrested last weekend for being verbally and physically violent at a business in the Whistler Village.

      Whistler RCMP stated on February 20 that around 7 p.m. on February 16, police received a call about a male who was being physically disruptive at a business in the 4200 block of Mountain Square.

      Staff at the location had to restrain an intoxicated male who had been acting out verbally and physically at the establishment.

      Officers arrested a 33-year-old male from Vancouver for causing a disturbance and he was taken into custody until he was sober. His identity has not been released.