Nanaimo, BC – A Nanaimo Police Dog Handler and his Service dog were struck in the face with a blast of bear spray when a 30 year old prolific offender attempted to avoid arrest following a short lived mini crime spree. The incident took place at approximately 7 pm on Saturday May 6th in the vicinity of Metral Drive and Pleasant Valley Ridge. One other police officer was slightly affected by the spray but all three were later decontaminated and managed to continue working.
Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter at the Woodgrove Centre. Upon attendance it was confirmed a male suspect had fled. A short time later, the same suspect was reported to have just committed a residential break and enter on nearby Metral Drive.
When officers encountered the suspect, he discharged bear spray at them, striking an officer and his Police Service dog in the face. Despite being effected by the spray the officer and dog managed to arrest the male and take him into custody. The suspect received minor injuries during his arrest and was taken to local hospital for several stitches, then transported to the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment.
The 30 year old male suspect was held in custody and arrested for Assaulting a Police Officer, Possession of a Weapon ( bear spray) , Theft under $5000, Break and Enter, Possession of a Controlled Substance under the CDSA and 2 counts of Breach of Probation. Charges have not been formally sworn by a Nanaimo Provincial court judge; until they are the name of the accused cannot be released.
Police File # 2017-13629