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Armed man taken into custody by New West police
New Westminster arrested an armed man outside his apartment Saturday afternoon.
A police release said officers were sent to a Ninth Street apartment after a call came in saying a man was not only intoxicated and suicidal but also had loaded firearm's inside.
As the police finished surrounding the apartment the door swung open and a man stepped into the corridor. Police said he appeared to be highly agitated and when he lifted the front of his shirt they could see a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants.
Police said the man continued yelling and swearing and appeared to be reaching for the handgun. Police responded with several rounds of bean-bag fire and the man fell to the ground. The police, using a ballistic shield approached him and took him into custody. The release said a search of the man revealed the handgun was fully loaded. Several other firearms were found in the apartment after police obtained a search warrant.
"The main story here is the extreme level of calm and professionalism that was exhibited by each of the police officers present in dealing with this extremely volatile situation," said Chief Const. Dave Jones in the release. "The actions of each one of the officers present no doubt saved the life of this male, who presented a deadly threat due to his erratic and threatening behaviour."
Brian Graff, 47, has been charged with careless use of a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.