THE RCMP had to use a Taser to subdue a patient who had become violent at the Russell Health Centre on Tuesday.
At about 5 p.m., police were called to the health centre after a 43-year-old male patient had threatened other patients and staff, the RCMP said Wednesday in a release.
The man was receiving treatment from a doctor and at least two nurses for injuries sustained in a morning snowmobile crash, but he became violent and assaulted them, police said.
He also assaulted a young girl, chased a young boy down the hallway and threatened other patients, the release said.
His violence continued when the RCMP arrived, resulting in an officer using a conducted energy weapon, more commonly known by its trade name, a Taser. The man was subdued but not injured by the weapon, the RCMP said.
Substance abuse is considered a contributing factor in the assaults, police said.
Charges are pending against a 43-year-old man from Waywayseecappo.
He is in police custody.