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Woman sprays officer with bear spray during arrest on Granville St: VPD

Last Updated Sep 16, 2019 at 3:44 pm PST

Granville Entertainment District (Stephanie Froese, NEWS 1130 Photo)

A woman, who police say resisted arrest, allegedly sprayed a VPD officer in the eyes with bear spray

Janine Renata Firth has been charged with using a weapon to assault an officer after police say she used bear spray

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A 36-year-old woman has been charged after the Vancouver Police Department says she assaulted the officer arresting her with bear spray.

It happened on Sept. 13 when the officer spotted the woman, wanted on a province-wide warrant, on Granville Street at around 6:30 p.m.

The officer tried to arrest her but she fought back. She continued to resist, pulled out a can of bear spray and sprayed the officer in the eyes, the VPD says.

Janine Renata Firth of Vancouver has been charged with using a weapon in assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest, and possession of a weapon.

The officer was taken to the hospital and released soon after.