Souris man arrested after assault on RCMP officers

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A 23-year-old Souris man was arrested with help from bystanders after he allegedly assaulted two Kings District RCMP officers Sunday morning.

The officers were responding to a complaint at a Souris business at 2:15 a.m. when they arrested the man.

An off-duty Halifax police officer and two males who were passing by stopped to help the RCMP officers restrain the man and put him in a police vehicle.

The two RCMP officers sustained minor injuries that didn’t require medical attention.

The Souris man faces two charges of resisting arrest, a charge of causing a disturbance, two charges of assaulting a police officer, two charges of uttering threats to damage property and two charges of uttering threats to the officers involved.

He has been remanded into custody and will appear in court in Charlottetown on May 20.

In a news release, the RCMP said assaults on police officers are rare in P.E.I. but have the potential for serious injuries.

The RCMP said it was grateful for the help from the off-duty officer and the bystanders, which contributed to the incident being resolved without any serious injury.

Kings District RCMP also arrested a 19-year-old Souris West man Sunday morning for impaired driving after he was stopped at a checkpoint in Rollo Bay.

The officers at the checkpoint saw an open box of beer in the vehicle and the driver failed the roadside screening test.

He later provided breath samples that were over the legal limit.

The man was held in custody overnight and is scheduled to appear in court in Georgetown July 17.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Halifax, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Rollo Bay Georgetown

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  • Really
    May 20, 2014 - 21:26

    Ms. Harrower, It's only newsworthy when officers sustain what, life threatening injuries? Clearly if it took "how many to restrain him", there may in fact be an issue. Maybe Ms. Harrower when this young man pulverizes someone you love, or eventually kills someone, it will then be worth publishing. If you are from this community you know only too well how many have been pounded by this chap, his arrest is long overdue!

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    May 20, 2014 - 13:30

    Looks like more training needed if it takes 5 to subdue one 23 yr old . Appears without their toys , pepper spray and tasers they just aren't exactly up to the job . LoL Oh an go ahead and remove this post too and see what transpires . Seeing as it's well within guidelines

    May 20, 2014 - 09:54

    It is always great headlines to note that "THE RCMP" officers sustained injuries even though they were so minor that no medical attention was required. Why in the world would this incident make nerws? He must have been strong to require how many law enforcement officers to restrain him?

  • citizen
    May 20, 2014 - 07:59

    I don't see anywhere in the article where it says the RCMP Officers were female? Regardless, I am glad to hear that the citizens of Souris were there and were willing to help out. Sends a loud and clear message to the accused that Souris will not tolerate this foolishness. Kudos.

  • Ann-Marie King
    May 19, 2014 - 16:58

    Wow you are all pretty intelligent ! I'm glad that all of you were there to witness this. Your all very wise ! Two female officers? So what if it was? I'm sure those 2 or any other female officer could easily take you down. Personally I respect woman police far more then most male officers because they are damn hard workers. Who ever this regular joe fella is pretty cool by the sounds of it. Why not leave your real name? Clearly your lack of respect creates a disturbing image on how disrespectful you are. I am willing to put every cent I have on the fact that if you needed the police and these two woman showed up that you would be pretty damn greatful. I commend the officers on the restraint and courage they showed.! I wouldn't be able to do it. And also a shout out to the bystanders!

    • reality
      May 20, 2014 - 05:49

      rather sexist comment "Personally I respect woman police far more ........"

  • Sourisresident
    May 19, 2014 - 13:02

    Long overdue. Keep him in there for a good long time.... Just another idiot who doesn't care and thinks it is all funny! Keep him in jail and try to teach him a lesson!

  • Joe Knows
    May 19, 2014 - 13:01

    Joe would surely know of what he speaks. I would say he has been in many a drunken bar room brawl in his time and has the acquaintance of many police officers - male and female.

  • from souris
    May 19, 2014 - 12:45

    As someone who knows this man it comes as no surprise that it took multiple people to restrain him. "Regular Joe", if you could refrain from your ignorant and sexist comments next time, that would be great. And to the guardian for allowing the posting of sexist comments - shame on you.