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Police seek witnesses after Mountie assaulted

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July 29, 2017 - 7:42 AM

KAMLOOPS - Police are hoping to connect with two civlians who assisted an officer who was assaulted while trying to make an arrest yesterday afternoon, July 28.

In a release today, Staff Sgt. Ed Preto says the Mountie was investigating a call of an erratic man running into traffic and hitting cars in the 400 block of Seymour St around 3:15 p.m.

The officer found the man at 340 Victoria St. but the officer was attacked and punched in the head by the suspect. The 37-year-old man, who is well-known to police, was arrested but not without the help of two bystanders. The suspect was taken to hospital and is being treated for a drug overdose.

The officer got medical treated for his injuries.

"The RCMP would like to speak with the two bystanders who assisted the RCMP member," Preto says. "Without their assistance, the RCMP member may have potentially received more significant injuries during this attack."

Anyone who witnessed the assault is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 in reference to file number 2017-25351.

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