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Man arrested after charging New Westminster police officer with hatchet

Charges are being recommended.
A man remains in custody after he charged an officer with a hatchet in New Westminster on Aug. 8, 2022.

One man is in custody after charging at a New Westminster cop with a hatchet.

The local police department (NWPD) says, on Monday (Aug. 8), it received a report of a man walking through the Brow of the Hill neighbourhood with a hatchet. 

Once an officer found the suspect, they attempted to talk to him, but he raised the weapon in a threatening manner and charged at the officer. 

The officer avoided the suspect, who then fled on foot before other cops arrived.

However, the suspect was found shortly after, arrested and transported to the NWPD cells. 

"This unprovoked attack on our officer is unsettling," spokesperson Sgt. Justine Thom said in a news release today (Aug. 9). 

"This could have ended in tragedy, and we’re extremely grateful no officer or bystanders were injured or killed.”

The suspect remains in custody and charges are being recommended including assault of a police officer, obstruction and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. 

Anyone who witnessed the incident and hasn't spoken with police is asked to call NWPD at 604-252-5411 and quote file-number 2022-11946.