Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord is crediting his officers’ “training and composure” after the peaceful apprehension of a man “apparently experiencing a mental health crisis,” on Tuesday, May 7.
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According to police, the situation began just before 7 pm, when officers received “numerous calls” about a naked man “walking and spinning” down the middle of Scott Road and 120th Street, near 90th Avenue.
Bystanders reported to police that the man then proceeded then to climb onto a vehicle, and jump on it. The man also entered the vehicle, but was removed by a member of the public. The vehicle was occupied by a family with two children.
Police arrived on scene as the man was walking down the middle of 120th Street.
“Recognizing that the man appeared to be scared and worried, police spoke with him in a calm voice, and asked him to sit on the centre median,” a release said. “Officers were able to place the man in handcuffs with no use of force, and apprehend him under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital.”
Dubord said his officers receive “extensive critical incident and mental health intervention training” to de-escalate people who may be experiencing a crisis in their lives – whether that is related to mental health or other factors.
He noted that this situation was “a bit different” than most, but said the resolution of the incident “is reflective of the type of work our officers do regularly.”
Police noted that no members of the public were hurt during the course of events, and said the family inside the vehicle “were doing well” after the incident, with only the vehicle sustaining some minor damage.
The investigation remains ongoing, and anyone who may have video of the incident is asked to get in touch with Delta Police, via the non-emergency line, at 604-946-4411.