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Officer threatened with a knife during fire investigation

Things nearly turned from bad to worse at the scene of a fire on Oxford Street in Oshawa early-Monday morning.

Just after midnight on Oct. 16, members of Central East Division were at an Oxford Street residence for a fire investigation.

Police say an officer was seated in his vehicle taking a statement from a civilian witness when an unknown male approached the window and requested to speak to the officer. As the officer stepped out to speak to him, the man took out a knife and approached the officer in a threatening manner. He initially failed to obey commands to drop the knife and wanted the officer to shoot him, but the officer was able to move back and build a rapport with the male and he was eventually taken into custody without incident.

The 24-year-old male from Oshawa is charged with assault with a weapon; weapons dangerous and two counts of breach of probation. He was taken to hospital for assessment and was then held for a bail hearing.