On Thursday, the Vancouver Police Department issued a statement that said two officers were brutally injured during an arrest near Sunset Beach.
The officers were taken to hospital with injuries after a violent arrest in the West End.
According to police, officers were called to the area of Pacific and Thurlow Street around 5:00 p.m. yesterday by witnesses who saw a man yelling and behaving erratically. The officers were assaulted as they attempted to take the man into custody.
VPD officers bitten, punched during violent West End arrest https://t.co/HA6fWD6oQ9
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) August 22, 2019
“This violent incident highlights the unpredictable nature of our job and the dangers police officers face day in, day out,” says Constable Steve Addison, VPD.
Two officers, a constable with VPD since 2017, and sergeant with VPD since 2004, located the man and tried to take him into custody. That’s when they were assaulted.
The constable suffered multiple scratches to her face and head, as well as an injured arm during the assault. Additionally, the suspect also attempted to take her firearm out of its holster during the arrest.
As for the sergeant, she sustained cuts and scratches to her face, hand, and body after being bitten on the finger.
A bystander attempted to help the injured officers, but the suspect fled on foot before being tasered by additional police officers after a short foot pursuit.
The suspect, a 50-year-old Vancouver man, was sent to hospital with injuries, and is now in jail.
The injured VPD officers were treated in hospital and have been released.
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