Two VPD officers were injured after a violent confrontation in downtown Vancouver this morning.
According to the VPD, the confrontation took place just before 2 am on Wednesday morning. Two patrol officers were parked on Granville Street near Helmcken Street when they were allegedly confronted by 44-year-old Paul Edison of Penticton.
The suspect was in an agitated state and caused several injuries to the officers. He was eventually arrested.
One officer suffered a compound leg fracture and the other has several sprained fingers.
The officer with the leg injury needed emergency surgery. He is currently recovering in hospital. The second officer has been released from the hospital.
“Our frontline patrol officers deal with challenging situations on a daily basis. They are required to continually get in harm’s way to protect the citizens they serve,” says Sergeant Jason Robillard of the VPD, in a release. “We wish our injured officers a speedy recovery.”
Edison has been charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer, and uttering threats.