Grand Forks RCMP officer assaulted in early morning call-out

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A 35-year old man assaulted a Grand Forks RCMP Officer on Saturday, October 3rd.

Emergency paramedics responded to an 18th Street homeowner's report of an unknown intoxicated man lying face-down in their grass just before 4AM.

Sergeant Darryl Peppler says the man became aggressive forcing the ambulance attendants to retreat to their ambulance and stage a couple of blocks away; an officer soon arrived but was forced to the ground and assaulted when encountering the man.

The suspect then fled on foot but was apprehended without further incident by a second front-line officer.

Peppler says the officer was examined both on-scene and in hospital before taking a few days off work.

Some x-rays were also done to determine if there were any fractures or ligament damage but thankfully it’s just lacerations, cuts and general soreness.

It wasn’t just in Grand Forks either – BC RCMP says six RCMP officers were injured on the front lines across the Southern Interior in just 96-hours including this incident.

The other incidents were in both Salmon Arm and Kamloops on Wednesday.

Sergeant Peppler says this is not an “if it’s going to happen” but rather “when it’s going to happen” when working on the frontlines.