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Takla man commended for bravery

Shane West has been officially commended for his bravery by assisting RCMP members in the arrest of an armed individual on January 29, at Takla Landing.

West assisted members of Takla detachment who responded to a call for assistance near a school where a man was discharging a rifle. Upon arrival, detachment members attempted to contact the man, ordering him to put the firearm down. Commands were not complied with, and in turn, the individual requested that police shoot him.

West slowly approached the individual, eventually convincing him to put the rifle down. Once the individual complied with the direction, West got the firearm off him. Once the man was securely away from the firearm, detachment members apprehended the individual without incident.

“Mr. West’s courage in assisting our members in the apprehension of an armed individual aided in bringing this situation to a successful conclusion. His actions and dedication to duty bring credit to himself and are in keeping with the highest standards of a Canadian citizen,” said Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan.

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