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Penticton police officer injured subduing man with hatchet

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February 14, 2017 - 10:50 AM

PENTICTON - Two RCMP officers were assaulted, and one slightly injured, while making an arrest in Penticton last week.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says officers with the RCMP Targeted Enforcement Unit observed a man with outstanding warrants in the passenger seat of a Jeep Cherokee on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The officers blocked the vehicle when it turned into the parking lot at Denny’s Restaurant, where police observed the man trying to conceal himself by climbing into the hatch area of the Cherokee, Wrigglesworth says.

The man fought the officers’ attempts to arrest him, wielding a small hatchet. During the altercation, one officer’s finger was dislocated and the other officer’s eyeglasses were broken, he says. The man was taken into custody with the assistance of another occupant in the Cherokee, he says.

Wrigglesworth says the man faces several charges — in addition to the outstanding warrants — including two counts of assaulting a police officer, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.

The injured officer was treated for his dislocated finger at Penticton Regional Hospital.

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