Vancouver Police officers attempting to make an arrest yesterday afternoon on E. Hastings near Main, quickly found themselves in a volatile situation, and calling for additional officers.

A 17-year-old youth was under arrest for possessing a large machete and bear spray. He was resisting and yelling at the officers, and an angry crowd gathered to confront them. A metal water bottle was thrown from an onlooker, narrowly missing one of the officers head.

The youth, a Surrey resident, was taken into custody, and is facing charges of possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Thirty-four-year-old Trevor Goesen, a Vancouver resident, was arrested a short time later for throwing the bottle. He was also found to be in possession of a large machete and bear spray, and is facing a charge of assault related to possession of a weapon to be used against a police officer. He is also believed to be in breach of several court-ordered conditions.

A third man, aged 20, was arrested for breach of the peace.

“The officers’ quick actions helped resolve a volatile situation, and remove two dangerous offenders and several weapons off the streets,” says Sergeant Jason Robillard.