Man wielding machete arrested

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A local man was arrested last night after police deployed a conducted energy weapon.

According to a press released from the New Glasgow Regional Police, they received reports on March 31 of a man acting erratically and carrying a machete in the Stewart Street and Marsh Street areas. Police were called to a local pub on Stewart Street at around 9:10 p.m. for reports that a man left the area on foot with a machete attached to his back.

The man was located near Archimedes Street.

“Officers attempted to speak with the man, at which point he grabbed at his machete,” Const. Ken MacDonald said in the press release.

Police attempted to de-escalate the situation but the man refused to comply with several directions. Officers responded to the situation by deploying a CEW on the man, who was taken into police custody without further incident and was taken to hospital for evaluation.

The 39-year-old-male from Pictou County was charged with:

  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
  • Assault with a weapon.
  • Resisting arrest
  • Breach of probation.

New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate.