City police officers drew their guns and considered shooting a man who confronted them with a knife.
Two police officers were faced with the possibility of taking the armed man’s life when he continued to advance on them despite repeated orders to drop the blade, court has been told.
"They were considering lethal force," Crown attorney Grant Hughes said in Brandon provincial court as he shared details of the allegations during a bail hearing.
The confrontation came as police investigated a report that a trio of men had tried to steal beer from a downtown hotel in the evening of Jan. 8.
But the events that led to the incident were actually set in motion a few hours earlier, around 8:30 p.m., when a man parked a pickup truck on the 300-block of Lorne Avenue.
As the driver still sat in the vehicle, a man approached and asked for a cigarette, a request the driver denied prior to getting out of the truck.
The man whose request for a smoke was rejected then stared at the driver and told him he was taking his keys and that he had a knife.
The driver looked down to see what appeared to be a seven- to eight-inch knife in the would-be car thief’s hand.
The victim, however, pushed the armed man away and ran.
The armed man then grabbed a partially full pack of cigarettes out of the pickup truck and briefly chased the victim before he gave up and walked away.
The victim, however, followed the suspect while on his cellphone with 911.
He briefly lost sight of the suspect, but was guided to an apartment on the 200-block of First Street by a witness.
Police knocked at the door but were denied entry by a man who answered. That man — and two others said to be in the apartment at the time, including the suspect in the attempted truck theft — were later arrested at the Crystal Hotel.
Police were called to a fight there around 10:27 p.m.
They were told that three men had tried to steal beer, and one was armed with a knife.
One of the men matched the description of the man said to be involved in the attempt to steal the truck earlier in the evening.
A witness directed police to the 00-block of Seventh Street and they arrested one man in an alley.
As police made that arrest, another man — the suspect in the attempted truck theft — approached from behind with a serrated steak knife in his hand.
"Police note that he looked intent on possibly using it," Hughes said.
Officers drew their guns and several times ordered the man to get back and drop the knife.
However, the armed suspect continued to advance on the two officers while the man they were initially trying to arrest struggled.
It’s at that point police considered using lethal force, but the man dropped the knife and ran. He was caught and arrested nearby with the help of a couple of officers who arrived on scene.
Hughes said the suspect, who appeared intoxicated and was belligerent with officers, was taken to the Brandon jail.
The above allegations haven’t been proven in court.
Dallas Carlisle McKinney, 22, is charged with numerous offences that include two counts of attempted robbery with a weapon.
He has been denied bail and will appear in court again on Jan. 20.
Donald Roy McKinney Sr., 45, was charged following the incident at the hotel and faces counts of attempted robbery and obstructing or resisting a peace officer. He remains in custody and his next court date is on Jan. 30.
There’s no word of charges against a third man said to have been involved in the hotel incident.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 16, 2014