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City of Tonawanda police officer pulls gun when threatened with knife

A City of Tonawanda man was arrested Friday night for pulling a knife on a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute at a home on Gibson Street.

Christopoher T. Mobilia is charged with menacing a City of Tonawanda police officer with a knife.

Christopher T. Mobilia

Officers responded to a domestic dispute around 5:30 p.m. involving a man and a woman at 208 Gibson Street, City of Tonawanda Police reported. One of the residents, Christopher T. Mobilia, 48, became upset with officers and grabbed an 8-inch carving knife off the kitchen counter.

He "squared up and took an aggressive stance" against Officer Erik Johanson, who then pulled out his gun and ordered Mobilia to drop his knife three times, according to police. Mobilia finally complied and was arrested without further incident with the assistance of other officers.

"Officer Johanson, a six-year officer, did exactly what his training and de-escalation skills taught him to do and was able to get the situation under control with no one getting hurt," said Captain Fredric Foels in a statement.

Mobilia was charged with menacing of a police officer, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use.


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