Suspect attempts to disarm police officer; “suspect attempted to grab their firearm and made threats to use it against the officer”

Nanaimo, BC – A local Mountie was literally in the fight of their life when a suspect attempted to grab their firearm and made threats to use it against the officer. The incident occurred at approximately 2 pm on Tuesday December 28, 2021 in the area of Promenade Drive.

The officer with 9 years of police service, was initially responding to reports of a shoplifter, who had thrown cosmetics at a Loss Prevention Officer(LPO) at London Drugs, then threatened the LPO with bear spray. The suspect reportedly fled on foot and was last seen heading towards the water front when located by the officer. As the officer approached, the suspect was seen reaching into his backpack. The officer told the suspect he was under arrest and when the officer attempted to secure his wrist, the fight was on.

During the struggle the suspect grabbed at the officer’s holstered firearm and made continued threats to shoot the officer with it. During the melee, a civilian intervened which distracted the suspect long enough for another officer to arrive. At this time, the two officers managed to subdue the man and place him in handcuffs.

(File Photo) Arrested


31-year-old Brian Imhoff of Nanaimo was arrested for Assaulting a Police Officer, Attempting to Disarm a Police Officer, and Uttering Threats. He was later remanded into police custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for Tuesday January 4, 2022. On that date, Imhoff appeared and was remanded into police custody until January 18, 2022

This was an extremely dangerous and volatile situation for the officer. It is also a stark reminder of the dangers that front line officers are faced with. The officer involved is to be commended for staying in the battle, using their training and relying on their physical conditioning to successfully meet the challenge, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The officer involved in the fight was not seriously injured and managed to carry out their duties for the remainder of the shift.

File # 2021-47564

Nanaimo RCMP

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