One man has been arrested and is currently being held in custody after allegedly assaulting two Surrey RCMP officers during a traffic stop over the weekend.
According to police, the incident occurred on February 2 at 8:50 pm, when a pair of officers conducting a traffic stop initiated an impaired driving investigation with a driver in the area of 24 Avenue and 184 Street in Surrey.
Police said the driver got out of his vehicle, and as police detained him, “he allegedly began fighting aggressively and attempted to remove the firearms from their holsters.”
And while he wasn’t able to obtain the firearms, police said the man was able to gain access to one of the officers’ Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW), discharging it into his own leg as well as the officer’s foot.
At that point, an urgent call for back-up was initiated, and officers from both Surrey RCMP and Langley RCMP responded. The driver was arrested and brought to the hospital for evaluation. He was taken into police custody following his release from the hospital.
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As a result of the incident, the 41-year-old Surrey resident was arrested for two counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer with a Weapon, two counts of Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest, three counts of Disarming a Peace Officer, one count of Resist Arrest, Impaired Operation of a Conveyance, and Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample.
Police said both officers were injured during this incident. They were treated and released from the hospital and are now recovering.
“The job of policing brings with it a certain amount of risk, especially when we pull over vehicles and interact with people we may have limited information on,” said Surrey RCMP Const. Richard Wright. “This incident serves as an example of how quickly a situation can change for police, especially when a suspected intoxicated individual is involved.”