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Coquitlam RCMP claim officer hit with hammer during altercation

Last Updated Jul 8, 2020 at 2:38 pm PST

A hammer was thrown and hit a Coquitlam RCMP officer early Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Courtesy Coquitlam RCMP)

Coquitlam RCMP officers responded to reports that a car had driven through a yard and hit parked vehicles

Officers first tasered the man, who they allege then threw a hammer

The suspect, a 31-year-old Coquitlam man, was arrested

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A Coquitlam RCMP officer was allegedly hit by a hammer and taken to hospital early Tuesday after an altercation, during which officers tasered a man.

Video of the incident is now being sought, according to the police department, in case its use of force is questioned.

Officers responded around 12:30 a.m. to reports that a car had driven through a yard on Inlet Street and hit parked vehicles. They asked to speak to the registered owner of a “badly damaged” grey Mazda 3.

A man emerged from the home. He was holding blunt objects, including a large hammer, police said.

When the man challenged officers, they used a Taser-type weapon on him. But it was “only partially effective.”

An altercation ensued, during which police claim the man threw the hammer, striking an officer.

The officer was taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries, and is expected to make a full recovery, according to RCMP.

Police also said the suspect, a 31-year-old Coquitlam man, was arrested.

Witnesses have been interviewed, but police has not yet located two people who were driving by and may have taken cell phone video.

“When you take video, you’re still the owner and you can do what you wish with the copies,” Cpl. Michael McLaughlin says in a release.

“But it’s important that we get the original, unaltered video. Collecting the best evidence is always our priority. But it’s extra-important right now because police are being questioned more than ever about our use of force.”

Anyone with evidence of the events leading to the arrest is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550, quoting File No. 2020-17740.