Vernon police officer injured in assault

A Vernon RCMP officer suffered minor injuries to his arm after being hit by a door while pursuing a suspect on the weekend...

A Vernon RCMP officer suffered minor injuries after being hit by a door while pursuing a suspect on the weekend.

The officer was doing routine patrols at about 1 a.m. Sunday when he noticed a group of men outside a building in the 300 block of 35th Avenue.

“When the males saw the police, they began to walk away in different directions,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

One of the men began to walk north in the middle of the road on 34th Street, and police noticed he was talking to himself and “acting irrational.”

“Our officers pulled next to him and asked him to come to the vehicle,” said Molendyk. “The subject did not answer but ran away from the police vehicle.”

One officer ran after him demanding that he stop and identified himself as a police officer.

The suspect ran to the upstairs of a residence in the 3300 block of 35th Avenue, and when the officer approached him, he slammed an outside door into the officer.

The 31-year-old suspect, who is well-known to police, was arrested for assault. He became combative with the officers and tried to resist arrest.

He was slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday.

The police officer suffered minor injuries to his arm.