New West cop 'tackled' after report of 'cries for help'

The New Westminster Police Department says one of its officers was “tackled” to the ground after officers responded to a call.

On June 27, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the New Westminster Police Department was called to the 300 block of Carnegie Street by neighbours who heard a “man’s cries for help.” Other neighbours reported hearing crashing sounds coming from the residence.

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“Officers rushed to the scene to find an agitated male outside of the property,” said a news release. “Officers observed that the property itself had sustained significant damage. While investigating a possible criminal offence, the male cycled between having a calm demeanor to becoming highly agitated. The male then stood up and ran towards one of the officers and tackled him to the ground.”

“While officers spoke with the male to determine what happened, he stood up and ran towards one of the officers and tackled him to the ground,” stated Sgt. Jeff Scott. “Any call for police assistance is extremely unpredictable. Thankfully, no one was injured and the male was safely taken into custody and transported to a local hospital to be assessed as officers believed this was a drug-induced situation.”

Once cleared medically by the hospital the male was released from police custody, charges of assaulting a police officer are being considered.

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