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Man arrested after officers hurt in 'violent confrontation'

Last Updated Jan 17, 2018 at 11:59 am PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Two officers were hurt in what's being described as a "violent confrontation" Monday morning

One man has been arrested after he is said to have confronted two patrol officers in an agitated state

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – One officer is recovering in hospital after getting hurt in what’s being described as a “violent confrontation” Monday morning.

According to the Vancouver Police Department, a 44-year-old man approached two patrol officers who were parked in the area of Granville and Helmcken Streets just before 2 a.m. in an agitated state.

Paul Eddison is said to have physically confronted the pair and was eventually brought under control and arrested.

“But not before allegedly causing several physical injuries to the officers,” Sergeant Jason Robillard says. “One officer sustained a compound leg fracture, and the other officer sprained several fingers.”

Both were taken to hospital for treatment, but the officer with the broke leg required emergency surgery. They are both now recovering.

“Our frontline patrol officers deal with challenging situations on a daily basis,” Robillard adds. “They are required to continually get in harm’s way to protect the citizens they serve.”

Robillard says Eddison was unarmed.

Crown Counsel has now approved criminal charges against the Penticton man. They are related to aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer, and uttering threats.