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Kamloops man in custody after using bear spray on police officer

The case has been forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service
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A Kamloops man is in custody after he used bear spray on a police officer Thursday morning.

Kamloops RCMP say around 9 a.m., a Mountie located a male wanted for breach of probation. The man, 26, was found on the beach near the Thompson River, and took off running after the officer informed him he was under arrest.

“The officer followed. At one point, the suspect turned around and bear sprayed the officer in the face,” reads a press release. “The foot chase continued where the officer was able to catch up to the suspect in the 200 block of Tranquille Road.”

At that point, the officer used pepper spray on the man and subdued him.

“Other police officers soon attended the area and took the male into custody,” states the release.

The incident impacted traffic on Tranquille Road while B.C. Ambulance gave medical attention to both the officer and the suspect. Neither received any injuries.

Police say the man was previously known to police.

All information will be forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service, which will determine any charges in addition to the breach of probation charge.


Tereza Verenca

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