03/20/2013 02:03 EDT | Updated 05/20/2013 05:12 EDT

Mountie's sixth sense brings tense Vernon incident to peaceful conclusion

VERNON, B.C. - A 52-year-old North Okanagan man can thank a cool-headed RCMP officer for waiting an extra split second, possibly saving the man's life.

Mounties were responding to reports of a domestic assault in Vernon, B.C., on Monday when they spotted the man using a hammer to smash the windows of a car.

An officer ordered the man to drop the weapon but instead, the suspect turned on the Mountie and began to advance in what police describe as a threatening way.

An RCMP release says the officer drew his gun but held his fire as the man, still brandishing the hammer, turned away.

That's when the officer switched to pepper spray and took the suspect into custody.

The man is expected to face charges of uttering threats and assault. (CKFR, CKIZ)