Police thank man who rescued officer from attacker

A young man became violent and attacked an officer. Fortunately a Terrace, B.C. bystander intervened, says RCMP

  • Mon Apr 11th, 2016 4:00pm
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A 21- year-old has been charged with three counts of assaulting multiple police officers after an incident last week in which a pedestrian pulled the man off an officer who was knocked down.

The incident happened in front of McDonald’s on April 6, and the Terrace RCMP spokesperson says that a pedestrian saved the officer from injury.

There is no doubt that this person’s actions stopped a police officer from getting seriously hurt. We don’t encourage the public to put themselves at risk to help others, but in this situation the witness’s actions turned out to be for the best. The situation could’ve ended a lot differently, and perhaps even tragically, had they not stepped up and went above and beyond, so we’re very thankful for that, says Cst Angela Rabut, Community Policing/Media Relations Terrace RCMP.

The RCMP press release describes the incident as follows:

“The police officer was responding to a fight in progress on Lakelse Ave at approximately 9:30 am. A man became combative and knocked the police officer to the ground, straddled him, then proceeded to repeatedly hit the police officer. A witness pulled the man off of the police officer and held him to the ground till the police officer was able to recover and regain control. The man continued to fight and assaulted two more police officers by spitting blood and saliva into their faces.”

“Cali Peal-Barton, 21 years old, has been charged with Assaulting a Police Officer x 3, Causing a Disturbance, Resisting Arrest, Assault, and Obstruction. He has been remanded for court.”