Marion Police subdue knife-wielding man without injuries

Jun 26, 2021

MARION — Police restrained a knife-wielding man without injuries to anyone involved on June 26 after he threatened first responders with the weapon, according to Marion Police.

Marion Police and EMS were responding to a call for a well-being check for a resident of Joanne Drive at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when the man became agitated and armed himself with a large knife.

The man reportedly “pointed the knife in a threatening manner” multiple times at first responders as well as at himself.

Officer Conor Flynn then fired a Taser at the man, which was ineffective, before subduing him with a “chemical irritant spray” that caused him to drop the knife.

Police then handcuffed the man and drove him to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

“I would like to commend Officers Flynn and [Stephen] Dawson and all those who responded to the scene for remaining calm and professional during this entire incident,” said Marion Police Chief Richard Nighelli. “First responders are trained to be ready should any incident escalate suddenly, and the restraint shown here prevented a potentially tragic situation from occurring.”

The investigation is reportedly ongoing. No charges have been filed and the man’s name has not been released.