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City police Taser man who wouldn't drop knife

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POLICE Tasered a man who confronted a man in his yard and then threatened officers with a knife.

The man faces numerous weapons charges.

Winnipeg police released details of the dramatic takedown Saturday morning.

"It was a tense few moments," said police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen.

Preliminary reports say a 42-year-old man was outside in his yard in the 300 block of William Avenue about 4 a.m. Friday when the suspect confronted him. The frightened man flagged down a passing cruiser and two officers took off after the suspect, cornering him behind another house in the neighbourhood.

He said he had just been confronted while in his yard by a man armed with a knife, Michalyshen said.

Officers pursued the fleeing suspect to the rear of a nearby residence. The suspect was then seen holding a knife and making numerous threats toward officers. Despite officers' repeated requests for the suspect to disarm, he kept threatening the officers and residents in the neighbourhood watching what was happening.

Eventually, officers Tasered the suspect, but even after he was disarmed he continued threatening the officers as they took him into custody, Michalyshen said.

Dennis Robert George, 51, faces drug and weapons charges as well as charges of assaulting two police officers. He also faces charges of assaulting and threatening the resident who flagged the officers down for help.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 26, 2011 A3

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