North Okanagan RCMP officers attacked
It’s a part of their daily job that the public doesn’t get to see often.
But two separate incidents in a four-day span resulted in two Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers being sent to hospital for treatment of injuries sustained while dealing with issues.
One officer from the Enderby detachment was dispatched Feb. 9 to assist ambulance personnel deal with a person suffering mental health issues.
“The man spit in the face and eyes of both the ambulance personnel and our officer,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
“The concern in this case is communicable diseases, and both personnel received medical attention.”
The suspect was taken to Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm for assessment.
On Saturday night, an RCMP officer suffered a bite to the leg in dealing with an intoxicated, unruly man outside a Vernon nightclub.
As police were trying to get the man out of their vehicle, Molendyk said the suspect became very resistant, and in the exchange between the suspect and officer, the officer was bitten on the leg, requiring a trip to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for treatment.
The 26-year-old suspect was charged with assaulting a police officer.
Molendyk said officers in the local detachments face these types of situations on a regular basis.
“In these days of dealing with communicable diseases, with blood and saliva products, the officers are still out there doing their jobs, dealing with the possibility of bringing something home,” he said.