News

Transit cop's Taser use costs him two days pay

  -
— image credit:

A Transit Police officer has been suspended for two days without pay for using a Taser on a fare evader five years ago.

Const. Daniel Dickhout was disciplined for unjustifiable use of a conducted energy weapon by the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner.

On Sept. 13, 2007 at the Scott Road Skytrain station, Dickhout was attempting to issue a violation ticket to Christopher Lypchuk for fare evasion.

Before the ticket could be issued, Lypchuk attempted to leave the scene but Dickhout and a fellow officer gave chase and stopped him in a stairwell.

Dickhout discharged the Taser after Lypchuk was only reluctantly responding to his commands, according to a notice released by adjudicator Ian Pitfield.

Dickhout later testified that he construed the manner in which Lypchuk responded as an attempt to assault his fellow officer.

Dickhout, 60, has not carried a Taser since the incident because of distress and concern about Lypchuk's injuries and the prospect of injuring others, according to Pitfield's notice.

Dickhout has not been the subject of any previous disciplinary action.

The took place only one month prior to the death of Robert Dziekanski, who died shortly after being tasered by RCMP officers in Vancouver airport.

- by Dan Pearce

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Raymond Caissie charged in Vermeersch murder
 
High-risk sex offender back out of prison
 
Back to class – at last – in Surrey and Delta
Horgan decries decade of inaction on Burnaby Hospital
 
Top Stories of 2011: Race for Chilliwack school board draws a crowd
 
And the bands played on
TransLink referendum could sway civic election outcomes
 
District gives half-million for new UFV program
 
Stevens asks for PSIT bylaw review

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.