DELTA (NEWS 1130) — Two Delta Police officers were apparently hurt while trying to make an arrest this weekend — one was bitten, and the other was hit in the face and head with his own handcuffs.
A 23-year-old man from Surrey is now facing four charges, including assault, assaulting an officer, uttering threats, and resisting arrest.
Officers went to Watershed Park around 9 a.m. Saturday after someone reported seeing a suspicious man there. When they arrived, the man apparently started throwing rocks at the police vehicle.
According to Delta Police, the officers tried to de-escalate the situation, but the man ran away and climbed into the driver’s seat of the police car. The keys weren’t in the ignition.
That’s when the officers called Emergency Health Services and other police in to help.
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One officer tried put the man in handcuffs, but was punched, according to Delta Police. The man then apparently used the officer’s own handcuffs to hit him in the face and head. The officer was able to keep the man inside the vehicle.
Other officers took the man into custody, but not before a second officer was bitten.
The suspect was sent to the hospital and is being held for psychiatric assessment.
“Our officer received 23 stitches or staples for five separate lacerations to the face and head during this incident, and one of our other responding officers was bitten on the hand,” Supt. Harj Sidhu said in a press release.
“Both officers will be okay fortunately, but we could have had a very different outcome. This underscores the dangers that police officers can and do face every day – even on what seems like a fairly standard call of a suspicious person.”