A TEENAGER who had to be subdued with capsicum spray, a Taser and a baton after allegedly threatening a police officer with a 30cm knife will appear in court today after he was refused bail yesterday.
The 16-year-old boy was allegedly involved in a stand-off with police which lasted an hour before he was stun-gunned and arrested.
Police say the drama unfolded after they were called to a domestic dispute at a house in Tomline Street, Bundarra, about 9pm on Sunday.
They patrolled the area to try and locate the boy, who was found by an officer an hour-and-a-half later when he went to investigate an alarm at Bundarra Police Station.
The senior constable was allegedly confronted by the boy armed with a knife.
He tried to negotiate with the teenager to put the knife down, but the boy left the station and was followed to a nearby park.
The officer again tried to negotiate with him, and police said capsicum spray was used to try to disarm the boy.
Police from Inverell and Tingha arrived at the park to back up the officer, who deployed a Taser to subdue the boy after he allegedly threatened to harm himself.
Officers were then able to arrest the boy; however, a baton was used to try and stop him from lashing out at police.
The teenager was charged with aggravated break-and-entry, assaulting police, resisting arrest and using a weapon to avoid apprehension.
He was refused bail by police and received the same outcome when he made a brief court appearance yesterday. The boy will appear in Moree Children’s Court this morning.
New England Area Command duty officer Inspector Rowan O’Brien said the situation could have ended with a much worse result.
“There was some exceptional police work done in this instance for the officers to negotiate with this young person in trying circumstances and not to resort to lethal options,” Inspector O’Brien said.