Officers bitten, punched, and scratched during violent West End assault: VPD

Aug 22 2019, 12:08 pm

Two Vancouver Police Department (VPD) officers were taken to the hospital on Wednesday evening following a violent arrest in the West End.

According to a police statement, officers were called to the area of Pacific and Thurlow Street at approximately 5 pm. Witnesses say that an individual was “yelling and appeared to be hallucinating” near the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.

The two officers, a constable and a sergeant, were reportedly assaulted as they tried to take the man into custody.

Police say that the constable suffered “multiple scratches to her face and head,” as well as an injured arm. During the exchange, the suspect in question allegedly tried to take her firearm.

The sergeant received cuts and scratches on her hands, face, and body and was bitten on the finger.

The suspect attempted to flee the scene but was caught and tasered by additional officers after a pursuit on foot. The 50-year-old male was taken to the hospital and assessed for injuries before being taken to jail.

The two injured officers were also taken to the hospital and have since been released.

“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 Spokesperson.

The VPD says that they will be recommending criminal charges against the individual.