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Vernon RCMP commend group of men who came to Mountie's aid during difficult arrest

August 21, 2018 - 2:09 PM

VERNON - Police in the North Okanagan are thanking four people who came to the aid of a Mountie struggling to apprehend a wanted man.

Around 2 p.m. on Aug. 20, the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP were called to the area of 27 Avenue and 37 Street for a report of two individuals who were allegedly intoxicated in public, spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a release.

The responding officer arrived on scene to find a woman with a man who was wanted on two outstanding warrants. The man attempted to run from the officer during the arrest and a struggle ensued.

“During the arrest, the suspect male actively resisted by attempting to assault the police officer in an effort to escape lawful custody,” Brett says. “As the officer was attempting to gain control of the male, four unknown male citizens came to the officer’s aid until further police assistance arrived on scene. It is the actions of the four community members that came to the officer’s aid that we would like to recognize and commend.”

A 27-year-old Vernon man is facing possible charges of obstructing a police officer, escape lawful custody, assault police officer, failing to comply with a recognizance and failing to comply with probation orders. He is scheduled to appear in court today, Brett says.

“We are thankful no one was seriously injured during the incident, however the police officer sustained minor injuries,” Brett says.

The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP is personally thanking the four individuals who came to the officer’s aid. Their identities are unknown.

If you were a part of this incident please contact the RCMP at 250-545-7171 and ask to speak to Const. Kelly Brett.

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