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2012-12-27 at 11:28

Officer threatened with knife following noise complaint

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THUNDER BAY -- Police had to use pepper spray to arrest a knife-wielding man who threatened officers Christmas morning.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers arrived to the 400 block of Prince Arthur Boulevard to deal with a noise complaint just after 1 a.m. On Dec. 25.

When officers arrived the occupant of the building refused to answer the door for the officers.

A short time later the man opened the door and began waving a knife at police.

Police say the man was arrested at gun point after pepper spray was used, which led the suspect to drop the knife.

Ricky Nieminen, 51, of Thunder Bay was charged with assault with a weapon and is being held at the district jail as he awaits a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.



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Watchmaker says:
"A short time later the man opened the door and began waving a knife at police."

In the USA, however, this would likely have involved a firearm and could have had a much worse ending for the perp and/or the police involved.

Kudos to the officers for ending this the way they did, glad you made it home to your families safely.
12/27/2012 11:42:20 AM
N250 says:
Right - because firearms are so rare in Thunder Bay! Good job to the officers for risking their skin to keep this guy alive!
12/27/2012 7:22:15 PM
yup says:
very lucky man. Good job tbay police on making a successful arrest which could have gone very wrong at any second!
12/27/2012 11:58:05 AM
tsb says:
I didn't need to know who this was but thank you for naming him????
12/27/2012 9:41:22 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
Yes I like this too, they should do this all the time. A little public humility with the crimes committed or almost committed. It's nice to know the whack jobs out there.
1/7/2013 10:33:42 AM
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