Chatham-Kent Police said they had to use a stun gun Monday on a man who refused to drop an axe.
The incident happened at 3:30 a.m. when police responded to a domestic violence dispute at a residence on Middleton Line in Wheatley, Ont.
Police said that when they arrived, a 53-year-old Wheatley man was intoxicated and holding an axe. His wife had fled to a neighbour's house without incident.
The man was asked several times to drop his axe but refused, police said.
Police explained that given the factors and the man's behaviour, they used a stun gun on him "in order to ensure officer and public safety."
No injuries were sustained by anyone involved.
The man was been arrested and charged with multiple criminal offences including threats and weapons dangerous.
He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.