There are times when police work in a small city can be fairly routine and then there are times when there is a burst of activity that taxes a small police force.
Such was the case over the weekend in Kimberley.
It began on Friday night, with once police officer being assaulted while attempting to arrest a suspect with a stolen truck.
Cpl. Chris Newel of the Kimberley RCMP says that on Friday evening, officers received a call about a truck being stolen.
The caller knew the suspect and directed police to him, Newel says.
“Police located the truck and attempted to arrest the subject. The male became combative and assaulted a police officer. Another officer deployed OC spray and he was taken into custody.”
Once the 31-year old Wasa man was in custody, police discovered a bit more during follow-up.
Apparently the suspect had assaulted the truck’s owner a few weeks prior.
“The subject went before a JP on Saturday night and has been remanded in custody for court in Cranbrook on Monday,” Newel said. “He is facing four charges including, assault, theft over $5000, resist arrest and assaulting a police officer.”
On Saturday two other incidents occurred, according to Newel, one being a serious assault.
“Two officers attended, they found a woman had been injured and was transported to hospital. Investigation found she had been hit, choked and kicked. The suspect was located nearby a short time later and arrested. He was held over night in jail and released the next day with a number of conditions, including no contact with the victim. He will attend court at a later date, charges of Assault Causing bodily harm are being recommended.
A little bit earlier on Saturday, police were alerted to a suicidal man with a rifle in a rural area. Newel says there was concern not only for the safety of the man but for the well-being of the officers looking for him.
The man was found and taken to hospital, Newel says.
He says five officers were called in to deal with the numerous incidents.
“It’s rare that Kimberley has several serious events in a short period of time,” he said.