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Knife-wielding man arrested after charging officers

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 29, 2016

OTTAWA — An hour-long standoff in southern Ottawa ended Thursday afternoon after officers used non-lethal means to subdue a 28-year-old knife-wielding man who charged them.  During the most of the standoff, the man, who was identified as Joseph Crawley, Ottawa, held a knife to his throat, threatening to kill himself.  At approximately 4:06 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to the report of an altercation involving a man armed with a knife who allegedly stole items from a car in the parking lot of the Pizza Hut, 2314 S. Princeton, said Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler.   Shortly after, officers spotted a man fitting the description of the suspect near the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail behind the Super Wash, 2132 S. Princeton Circle Drive.  When officers approached him, he was armed with a knife.  During the encounter, he repeatedly threatened the lives of officers and his own life as well, Butler said.  The man requested water several times which was provided to him, Butler said.  “The man ignored numerous requests to drop the knife and surrender to police,” he said.  “He was taken into custody at 5:15 p.m. after suddenly advancing toward a team of officers, with the knife in his hand, while threatening to harm them.”  Two less-lethal options were used to stop his advance.  When he fell to the ground, a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 grabbed his leg.  A deputy suffered a cut to his hand during the arrest, Butler said.  He was treated at the scene by EMS personnel and followed up later with medical treatment.  His injuries are not life threatening, Butler said.  As a matter of policy, an administrative review of the use of less lethal force will be conducted, he said.  “We are thankful that no civilians, law enforcement officers nor Mr. Crawley were seriously injured,” Butler said.  “Valuable training and proper equipment were key factors leading to the successful resolution of a dangerous situation.”  Anyone with information about the incident reported at Pizza Hut or who saw a man armed with a knife walking anywhere between there and the Super Wash is asked to call Sgt. A.J. Schmidt at the Ottawa Police Department at 785-242-2561, ext. 412.

Friday, July 29, 2 p.m.

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