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West Shore RCMP officers injured while on duty

Incidents on Dec 17 (Langford) and Dec 19 (Colwood)

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Monday December 26, 2022 | LANGFORD, BC

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Several West Shore RCMP officers were injured while responding to two separate calls for service this week, as stated in a news release on December 22.

RCMP File # 2022-21879 [Langford]:

“The first incident occurred on December 17, when two officers responded to a call of a suspicious male trying door handles and looking into cars near the 2700 block of Spencer Rd in Langford. Officers attended the call and located the male who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Officers advised the suspect he was being detained while they continued their investigation into the complaint. The suspect then became violent and began physically fighting with the officers. With the assistance of other officers who arrived on scene, the suspect was arrested for obstructing police and resisting arrest.

The first two responding officers received injuries from this incident. One officer underwent surgery to repair a broken hand while the other officer had a severely sprained hand, both are recovering at home.

The suspect was released on an Undertaking once sober and must appear in court in the new year.”

RCMP File # 2022-21817 [Colwood]:

“The second incident occurred on December 19, when police responded to a 911 call from a woman in distress. Officers attended a home in Colwood and discovered a male suspect, who was currently on court-ordered conditions to not be in the presence of the women, inside the home. These conditions stemmed from a prior report of intimate partner violence.

Officers advised the suspect he was under arrest for breaching his conditions and the suspect began physically fighting officers. The suspect was arrested with the assistance of more police officers however during this arrest, one officer was hit in the head and was injured as a result. The woman who called police was uninjured.

The suspect was brought before the court and charged with two counts of breaching conditions, one count of resisting or obstructing a police officer and one count of assaulting a police officer. He was brought before the court and was remanded into custody until his next hearing on January 3, 2023.

Police officers often encounter violent situations and put themselves at risk in the execution of their duties. Regardless of the risk, our police officers will show up when you call for help because they are dedicated individuals who work hard in keeping our community safe. We want to thank our officers for the work they do and we will continue to support them throughout their recovery,┬ásaid Todd Preston, Superintendent in Charge of West Shore RCMP.”

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