RCMP Port Alberni

A Nanaimo RCMP officer used his police cruiser to run over a knife-wielding suspect who threatened another Mountie on Wednesday morning.

Just before 10 a.m., a Nanaimo RCMP officer spotted a man wanted for breaching conditions related to his probation near the ParticipACTION Park.

According to police, the officer walked up to the man and attempted to make an arrest, the man pulled a knife, threatened to kill the officer and then took off running.

“The officer, who had previous violent encounters with the male, produced his firearm and pursued the suspect,” RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said in a release. “The pursuing officer alerted other officers to the fact the suspect was armed and was headed in the direction of a playground in Beban Park, filled with young children and their parents.”

A backup officer arrived and used his vehicle to hit the suspect at a low speed with the front of his vehicle.

The 33-year-old suspect, Kym Robert Arkell, flipped onto the hood of the vehicle and fell the ground. Police then took him into custody and seized the knife. He was treated for minor cuts and bruises at a local hospital.

Arkell has been charged with possession of a weapon, uttering threats, resisting arrest and breaching probation. He has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on March 27.


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