Toronto airport security point closed after 'aggressive' man tasered

Ruth Doherty

Security checkpoint closed after 'aggressive' man tasered and arrested
Security checkpoint closed after 'aggressive' man tasered and arrested

Stock photo, Pearson International Airport. Photo: PA

A security checkpoint at a Toronto airport was closed yesterday after an "aggressive" man was tasered and arrested.

Zhi Wei Chen attempted to get through security Gate E at Pearson International Airport on Monday without being screened or searched by staff, according to

Airport employees then used a silent security alarm to call police to the scene. When they found the man in the common area outside security, they were met by a "confrontational, very aggressive male who assaulted one of the officers", said Peel Regional Police Constable, George Tudos.

A taser was deployed to calm the situation, and the suspect, along with two officers, was taken to Etobicoke General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tudos explained that officers are trained annually on when to use force, adding: "When we do use any use-of-force weapon, it has to be justified by the actions of the person that they're interacting with."

Pearson officials confirmed that a Terminal 1 international security screening checkpoint closed shortly after 11 am due to a police investigation, and opened again at 4pm.

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