Vernon officer confronted with hammer-wielding suspect

Police responded to a report of a domestic assault in the 6900 block of Tronson Road

There were some tense moments for an Vernon RCMP officer Monday morning.

At about 9 a.m., police responded to a report of a domestic assault in the 6900 block of Tronson Road.

“When the first officer arrived on the scene, he noticed a man smashing the window of a car with a hammer,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“When the officer spoke to the suspect and told him to drop the hammer, the 52-year-old suspect turned and approached our officer in a threatening manner. Our officer feared for his safety and drew his side arm. The suspect continued to approach while our officer shouted at him to drop the hammer before he turned and walked away.”

The officer was able to approach the suspect a few minutes later and deployed pepper spray. The suspect eventually gave up.

“The man was taken into custody and is facing numerous charges in relation to uttering threats and assault,” said Molendyk

He is expected to appear in court today (Wednesday).

“More and more our officers experience this type of behaviour from suspects they deal with within our communities,” said Molendyk.

“It is a credit to the clear thinking of this senior officer that this case ended without anyone being hurt.”