Police officer assaulted, vehicle damaged

Kamloops City

2023-06-23 10:07 PDT

File # 2023-22109/22112

A youth was arrested after a police officer was assaulted with a weapon and his vehicle’s windshield was smashed on the North Shore last night.

On June 22, 2023, around 11:20 p.m., Kamloops RCMP frontline officers were called to the North Shore Bus Loop on the 700-block of Sydney Avenue for a disturbance report involving a group of 18-20 intoxicated youths. An assault and threats were also reported.

A responding police officer attempted to arrest a male youth who began resisting, and other youths began pulling the officer away. While the officer was dealing with that situation, another male youth allegedly smashed the police officer’s windshield with a skateboard, then struck the officer in the head with it, immediately causing injury.

Very fortunately, the officer is expected to recover, said Superintendent Jeff Pelley, Kamloops RCMP Detachment’s Officer in Charge. This was an extremely alarming situation that could have most certainly had a very different outcome for the officer and youths involved. I can’t stress enough the importance of cooperating with a police investigation and not interfering, which helps no one, and in this case, led to an officer being assaulted and a youth now facing very serious charge recommendations.

The police officer was treated on scene by ambulance and at hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Backup officers located the assault suspect nearby. He was taken into custody and lodged in cells to be released to a guardian with conditions and a court date; charge recommendations will be submitted as part of the assessment and recommendation process.

The first youth arrested was transported home to his guardian without process, pending the investigation’s results.

Anyone who witnessed, video recorded, or has any surveillance and information related to this incident is asked to please contact the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000.

 

Released by

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Office
Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3193
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: crystal.evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: kamloops.rcmp.ca

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