Officers suffer broken, sprained hands after suspect turns violent: West Shore RCMP

Officers suffer broken, sprained hands after suspect turns violent: West Shore RCMP
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One Mountie suffered a broken hand and another a severely sprained hand in the first of two calls leaving officers injured in recent days, according to West Shore RCMP.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, two officers responded to a call of a suspicious male trying door handles and looking into cars near the 2700-block of Spencer Road in Langford, said RCMP.

Once on scene, officers located the male, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, and detained him before he allegedly became violent and started physically fighting them. 

The Mounties eventually arrested the suspect, with help from other officers who arrived on scene, for obstructing police and resisting arrest. He was later released on an undertaking but must appear in court in the new year, said RCMP.

Two officers, however, were left injured.

“One officer underwent surgery to repair a broken hand while the other officer had a severely sprained hand, both are recovering at home,” according to RCMP in a release.

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Two days later, on Dec. 19, officers responded to a 911 call from a woman in distress at a residence in Colwood. There, police found a male suspect, who was on court-ordered conditions not to be near the caller, inside the home.

“These conditions stemmed from a prior report of intimate partner violence,” said RCMP.

Officers told the suspect that he was under arrest for breaching his conditions, but he allegedly began physically fighting them, with one Mountie being hit in the head and suffering an undisclosed injury.

The woman who called police, meanwhile, was uninjured, and the suspect was arrested, brought before the court and charged with two counts of breaching conditions, one count of resisting or obstructing a police officer, and one count of assaulting a police officer.

He remains in custody until his next hearing on Jan. 3, added RCMP.

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