Crime

Caldwell Police: Man brandishes knives at officers, who stop him with nonlethal weapons

A 43-year-old Caldwell man is charged with assaulting police officers after the officers responded to a Thursday afternoon report that the man might be suicidal.

Officers shot Shawn K. Taiji with a beanbag round and a Taser after he approached them while brandishing two large knives, Caldwell police report.

At about 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Caldwell police officers responded to a home in the 5500 block of Aspenwood, where a man was reportedly sending text messages to relatives, threatening to harm himself.

Taiji refused to speak with officers and barricaded his front door, Caldwell police report. As police continued to try to talk with him through the door and by telephone, Taiji began threatening officers, then appeared at a sliding glass door holding two knives, according to a CPD news release.

Police attempted to negotiate with the man, but he grew more aggressive, sharpening the knives and putting on latex gloves. He then opened the sliding glass door, refused to comply with orders to drop the weapons and came outside with both knives raised, police said.

Officers used a beanbag shotgun round and a Taser to subdue Taiji and take him into custody, police said. He was given medical treatment, then transported to the Canyon County jail, where he was booked for felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

According to state court records, Taiji is scheduled to stand trial next week on a previous aggravated assault charge that stems from a January incident.

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