North Delta man charged after challenging a police officer with a bat

Robert Knight fled police in his car, then threatened the DPD with a bat when they came to his house.

A North Delta man is in custody today after fleeing Delta Police, challenging an officer with a bat and barricading himself inside his home.

Just after midnight on March 22, the DPD saw 51-year-old Robert Knight parked on the side of the 9600-block of 120 Street. A woman was standing by the driver door.

When police approached, Knight drove off at high speed.

The police did not pursue him. After running his vehicle through the police database, they found Knight was prohibited from driving. They also used the database to meet Knight at his home on the 8900-block of 112a Street.

When the police arrived, Knight’s vehicle was in the driveway. While the officer was still in the police car, Knight exited his vehicle wielding a bat and yelling.

Additional officers arrived, but according to a DPD press release Knight was undeterred. He did not comply with police commands, and continued shouting threats.

Police shot bean bag rounds at Knight, a less lethal kind of ammunition. Knight was hit by the rounds, but they appeared to have little effect.

Knight barricaded himself inside the home; the press release described his behaviour as “aggressive and volatile.”

Police contained the area and began negotiations with Knight. He eventually exited the building around 2:30 a.m. and was taken into custody with the aid of a police dog.

Knight was taken to hospital for the treatment of minor injuries, and was later transported to jail.

Knight is charged with fail to stop, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats.

No police were hurt in the incident.

Surrey North Delta Leader