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Originally posted by zephyrs
What's the problem? They were trying to disarm a delusional individual with potentially deadly weapon before he could injure himself or anyone else with it. If this old man would somehow killed/injured himself or someone else the question would have been why the RCMP didn't do more to stop him. He has a weak heart. I doubt struggling over a knife with three mounties would be very good for his health. The taser seems to me to have been the safest and obviously most effective method.
Three zaps from a taser may seem like a lot but maybe that's how many it took for him to drop the knife.