Disturbing footage has been posted online showing the moment Toronto police were forced to taser a 31-year-old man who allegedly made threats and waved a knife around at the Toronto Reference Library.
Officers were called to the library on Monday just before 2:15 after receiving reports of an altercation, reports Global News.
Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said the accused reportedly pulled a knife and threatened a library patron, prompting the call to police.
A paid-duty officer working near the library responded after getting the call.
“There was a man waving a knife around. Several times he attempted to charge at the officer,” Douglas-Cook said, adding that the officer tried to keep her distance until more police showed up.
“He followed her around for several minutes swinging the knife aggressively, threatening to cut her and asking her to shoot him,” Douglas-Cook explained.
Videos of what transpired show the man following the officer around until eventually other officers arrive and tell the man to drop the knife and point a taser at him.
“Shoot then!” the accused is heard saying as his hands go up in the air.
The officer with the taser, who turned out to be a sergeant, shot at the suspect causing him to stagger backwards. The suspect then regained his balance and tried to walk away, but got tasered a second time and collapsed.
Douglas-Cook said the suspect was arrested and treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He has been charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. So far it’s unclear whether he was remanded into custody or released.