Richmond RCMP recognizes civilians with awards
2023-01-26 12:17 PST
On January 25th, Richmond RCMP recognized three civilians for their actions in February of 2022.
The recipients had stepped in to assist police in locating and apprehending a violent suspect after he assaulted and injured a Richmond RCMP officer.
On February 17th, 2022, Richmond RCMP received a report of a fraud and theft at a local hotel. Upon review of video surveillance at the scene, the investigating officers were able to identify three suspects involved. Patrols of the area soon located the suspects, but as police were in the process of arresting them, one suspect fled on foot. One of the arresting officers engaged in a foot pursuit of this suspect, who subsequently resisted arrest by fighting back, striking the member with his fists and knees. During the altercation, the suspect struck the officer in the head several times and was able to remove the officer’s collapsible baton from its holster. The suspect then began striking the officer with the baton.
Civilians working at a nearby construction site witnessed the foot pursuit and the assault. Upon realizing what was happening, they quickly stepped in to help. They checked on the injured officer who had briefly lost consciousness, and followed the suspect who was fleeing from the scene of the assault. This allowed the other attending officers to quickly locate and arrest the suspect.
During the awards ceremony on January 25th, the Officer in Charge of Richmond RCMP, Chief Superintendent Dave Chauhan said,
This situation quickly and unexpectedly escalated into violence, with one of our officer being attacked and injured. I want to personally thank these civilians for rendering assistance to our injured officer, and for helping to ensure the suspect involved was quickly located and taken into custody.
Richmond RCMP recognizes Stephen Baskerville, Tracey Hill and Marg Woodcock for their timely contributions in support of our efforts to help keep our community safe.
Cpl. Ian HendersonMedia Relations Officer
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