Thief with axe and hammer

A Vernon man broke into a home armed with an axe and hammer, say Vernon RCMP.

On July 4 just before 5 a.m., police were called to the 1000 block of 30th Ave for a break and enter.

An elderly woman, who was home at the time of the break-in, says the suspect broke through the window of their front door and was trying to get in by reaching through the broken window to unlock the door from the inside.

The 84-year-old Vernon woman hit his hands with her cane, but he was still able to get keys and gain entry into the attached garage.

Police quickly arrived at the home and found the suspect still in the garage.

Reportedly armed with an axe and a hammer, the man became combative towards the officers.

"The officers attempted to negotiate with the male to drop the weapons, however he allegedly made it clear that he wasn’t going to jail and would do anything to prevent that," says Const. Kelly Brett. "The officers used a Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW) in an effort to subdue the male, however, had to deploy the device twice as the male continued to fight with police."

Justin Inverarity, 34 was taken into custody and has since been charged with break and enter, attempted theft of a motor vehicle, mischief, assault and breach of probation. He was held in custody until his next court appearance on July 12.

"The actions of the man clearly could have resulted in serious injuries to himself, the victim, or our officers," says Acting Operations Officer, Sgt. Tory Romailer. "We commend our officers for their quick response and ability to resolve a violent situation safely."

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