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.
.@VancouverPD: 2 uniformed officers sitting in their marked cruiser when a man approached “quite aggressively.” Officers tried to get him to leave. A violent confrontation ensued. 1 officer’s leg was severely broken. More officers arrived to help & 1 of them had his fingers hurt pic.twitter.com/LCcbhdyuQ2
— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) January 17, 2018
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.”
— Ashley Grace Burr (@AshleyBurr_) January 17, 2018
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.