Maskwacis, Alberta – On the morning of May 18, Maskwacis RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious male in the Ermineskin townsite. Police were advised that the male appeared to be carrying a can of bear repellant spray. A suspect matching the description fled on foot when officers attempted to approach him. The police pursued the male, who then discharged a large amount of bear repellant spray into the face of a police officer.
The male continued to fight police, hitting and kicking additional officers who were able to arrest him following a struggle. EMS attended to treat the police officer and determined that he suffered minor physical injury from the bear repellant spray.
38 year-old Christopher Simon of Maskwacis has been charged with:
• Assault with a weapon on a police officer;
• Three counts of assault on a police officer;
• Resisting police;
• Carrying a concealed weapon; and
• Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Simon was ordered detained in custody and will appear for court in Wetaskiwin on May 26th to speak to his charges.
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