“Distraught individual” challenged officers with large knife

MONSON — A local man unveiled a large knife and challenged police in a disturbance on Wednesday evening.

In a public statement, the Monson Police Department stated officers responded to an undisclosed residence for what they described as “a disturbance involving a distraught individual.” As events unfolded one officer drew his firearm while another utilized his department-issued taser. The individual’s name has not been released.

Police said soon after officers began to interact with the individual, he produced a large knife that had been concealed behind his back. The individual then began challenging officers. One officer drew his firearm and covered the individual while the second officer deployed his taser. The taser immediately neutralized the threat that the individual was creating and allowed officers to quickly place him under arrest without further incident, according to police. Neither the knife-wielding individual, police officers, or bystanders were injured.

The subject has been charged with disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest. He is currently being held on $10,000 bail.

“We sincerely appreciate the Town’s and resident’s support of tasers as a less lethal force option,” Monson Police said in a statement. “Without this option, the use of deadly force would have likely been necessary.”

Police said Wednesday night’s encounter is the second time in just over six weeks that tasers were deployed on individuals threatening local officers with knives.

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