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Suspect charged after smashing police vehicle and windows at Consort RCMP detachment

RCMP also allege suspect threatened police with axe and knife

A Consort man is facing numerous charges after allegedly ramming a parked RCMP vehicle, smashing detachment windows and threatening officers with an axe and knife.

Police said that about 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday a suspect who had been involved in an “interaction” with officers earlier in the day slammed his vehicle into a police vehicle parked at the Consort detachment. The suspect then took an axe and tried to break into the detachment by smashing windows “advising that he wanted the police to shoot him.”

He also told police that he had a handgun in his pocket before jumping back into his vehicle and leaving.

Police called in reinforcements with Consort RCMP joined by officers from the Coronation, Hanna, Provost and Oyen detachments, as well as dog units from Lethbridge, Calgary and Red Deer. The Eastern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit and Calgary RCMP Emergency Response Team were also called in, supported by the Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety (HAWCS).

After leaving the detachment, the suspect was pulled over by RCMP. When he got out of his vehicle, the suspect allegedly said he was armed with a knife and axe, “telling the Consort/Coronation RCMP members that they will need to do something as he walked towards them with the weapons in his hands.

“A conducted energy weapon was deployed and the male dropped the weapons and went to the ground. The male then attempted to grab the axe again, but members were able to safely take him into police custody.”

Police said that the suspect’s threats were made to police and not the public during the incident.

A 37-year-old Consort man has been charged with two counts of mischief over $5,000, resisting or obstructing a police officer, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats.

He was released with conditions on cash bail and is due in Coronation provincial court on Dec. 9.



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