Nanaimo RCMP say 35-year-old Daniel McClintock has been charged after he fired a BB gun at officers.
On Sept. 18 around 6 p.m., officers were responding to a report that a man was walking with a long gun near the wooded area between Schook and Dover roads.
An officer found a man sitting on a rock on Schook Road, and the man allegedly pointed the gun at the officer’s patrol car. The officer reversed to a safe distance, exited the vehicle and “took a tactical position behind the car.”
The man then allegedly shot at the officer, which bounced off the car and hit the officer in the leg. The officer checked for injuries and learned he had been hit with a BB pellet.
More officers arrived and the man hid behind a large rock and allegedly continued to shoot his weapon.
Nanaimo RCMP say he shot at one officer hitting the patrol car, and shot and damaged the windshield of a police vehicle.
The man ran across the sports field and was chased and captured by police dog Luthor.
The man fought with Luthor and was stopped and restrained by officers.
Officers say they seized a black airgun, a tin of BB pellets and a box of CO2 canisters at the scene.
McClintock has been charged with three counts of assault of a peace officer with a weapon, mischief for the damage to the police vehicle, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, and fail to comply with a release order. He is being held until Sept. 20.
“No one comes to work expecting to get shot,” said Const. Sherri Wade of the Nanaimo RCMP. “We come to work knowing that our training can keep us safe and secure in the knowledge that our fellow officers will have our backs. We feel fortunate that none of the officers involved were seriously injured.”