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Six B.C. Interior RCMP officers injured in four days making arrests

October 08, 2020 - 3:10 PM

In the span of 96 hours, six RCMP frontline officers were injured across the Southeast District while carrying out arrests.

Earlier this morning and on Oct. 7, three Kamloops officers sustained injuries while trying to arrest a dangerous offender who led officers on a pursuit. One officer sustained injuries related to a vehicle collision when the suspect allegedly side-swiped the officer’s vehicle, according to the RCMP in a press release.

A second officer sustained a lower arm injury while taking evasive action to avoid being hit by the suspect’s vehicle. The third sustained a lower-arm injury when arresting the suspect.

In Salmon Arm, shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday, Oct. 7, RCMP officers responded to a report of a disturbance inside a home, where a distraught man was experiencing a mental health crisis and causing property damage. Two RCMP officers responded to the home and arranged to have emergency medical crews staged nearby.

The officers spoke with the individual and managed to de-escalate the situation. The officers convinced the man to exit the home to obtain medical attention for the lacerations and abrasions he sustained.

The 41-year-old Sorrento man suddenly lunged at both officers who then used a taser to subdue him. Both officers received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries following the arrest, one of which sustained a lower arm fracture, according to the RCMP.

In Grand Forks on Oct. 3, just before 4 a.m. emergency paramedics responded to reports of an intoxicated man, lying face down in the grass of a home in the 6400 block of 18 Street. Ambulance crews approached the man to provide him care, but he sprung to his feet and suddenly became aggressive, RCMP said.

Ambulance crews then called the Grand Forks RCMP, and officers then arrived and approached the man, who continued to yell.

The suspect allegedly grabbed the officer and forced the officer to the ground, where he assaulted the officer. The suspect fled on foot and the 35-year-old Grand Forks man was later apprehended without further incident by another police officer who was responding to the scene, RCMP said.

The police officer, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was medically assessed at the scene and the officer was later examined in the hospital.

"Each and every day first responders leave their loved ones at home to risk their lives on the front lines as they do their part to contribute to public safety in the communities they serve. Our men and women in law enforcement are no exception," said Supt. Brad Haugli, RCMP Southeast District commander, in the press release.


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