A pair of samurai swords seized by Stratford RCMP Wednesday when responding to a domestic disturbance.
Stratford RCMP report a Taser was used to disarm a man brandishing two samurai swords as the man rushed police responding to a family disturbance in Stratford Wednesday afternoon.
Police say a 40-year-old male refused to heed to the commands of four officers attending the scene.
The report says a man approached RCMP Const. Michael Lutley with the large swords. Another officer deployed a conducted energy weapon (Taser) to end the dramatic standoff.
"This could have had disastrous consequences," Lutley said in a statement.
"We train for these situations and then it happens for real. Family disturbances can often get extremely heated especially when alcohol and tempers flair.''
Sgt. Dwayne Loppie says the dispute was between the suspect and his parents, with whom he lives.
The suspect is in custody and the swords have been seized. Firearms not involved in the altercation were also seized for safety reasons.
Police say the criminal charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and/or resisting arrest could be laid.
Loppie says alcohol was a factor in the dispute.
"The reality is that in any type of domestic disturbance call the tensions are quite high and things can escalate quite suddenly,'' he says.