Vancouver Police officers along with a VPD Canine unit were assaulted after responding to reports of a man attempting to steal a marked police vehicle from the City of Vancouver National Yards.
Just before 6:00 a.m. city staff working at the National Yards called 9-1-1 to notify police of a man who had illegally broke into a secure compound within the works yard. VPD officers were able to stop him from attempting to steal a police vehicle and take him into custody. During the arrest, the man not only fought with officers but he also kicked and punched the police dog. Although, our officers did not suffer serious injuries the police dog had a tooth broken after being kicked by the would-be car thief.
“We are very fortunate that our officers and Canine unit were not seriously injured during the incident,” says Sergeant Aaron Roed, VPD. “This man was attempting to start the vehicle and flee before he was arrested for Assault Police Officer and Assault Police Dog.”
This incident comes one day after the same individual was arrested for uttering threats in Stanley Park, taken to jail, and released on an Undertaking to Appear with conditions.
The 66-year-old man of no fixed address has been taken to a local hospital for assessment and remains in hospital.
Vancouver Police are recommending multiple charges including Assault Police Officer and Assault Police Dog.