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Woman with machete arrested on Commercial Drive

Numerous people along Commercial Drive witnessed a dramatic incident this morning when a 49 year old woman brandishing a machete was taken into custody, following a short but tense standoff with police.

Shortly before 11:30 am Saturday, a caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing a woman in Victoria Park carrying a machete. VPD officers flooded the area and found a woman matching the description walking northbound along Commercial Drive towards Kitchener Street. As officers approached, the  woman became distraught and began shouting at police. She then turned towards officers and pulled a machete out of her bag.

As the woman advanced, officers repeatedly ordered her to drop the machete but she did not respond to any of their commands. A Taser was deployed but when it failed to have any effect on the distraught woman, she was struck multiple times with bean bag rounds. The last round struck the woman in the hand causing the weapon to fall. She was taken into custody with the assistance of a police dog.

Following treatment in hospital for a hand injury, the woman will be taken to jail. Charges of assault and possession of a dangerous weapon are pending and a psychiatric assessment is being requested.

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