Martinez police officers used a combination of a moving cordon, ballistic shields and – eventually – a Taser deployment to contain a man walking down Marina Vista Avenue while swinging two machetes Sunday.
The incident was reported at approximately 8:30 a.m. as the man was first spotted walking down the avenue, gesturing and swinging two edged weapons later identified as machetes as he walked.
Martinez police officers confirmed the sighting and, in video capturing the incident, established a rolling cordon around the man as he moved, bringing up ballistic shields and less-lethal devices while gradually closing in. While both a less-lethal bean bag gun and a Taser were observed at the scene, it is believed the Taser was used to drop the man and allow police to move in.
He was arrested and an ambulance was called to check him out at the scene.