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Witnesses help Thompson RCMP officer who was assaulted while arresting a suspect

A 32-year-old man who assaulted two people April 26 kicked the police officer who was trying to arrest him after a short foot chase.
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Thompson RCMP Staff Sgt. Shane Flanagan, seen here at a Chamber of Commerce meeting last June, says the public played a key role an April 26 arrest, pointing out a suspect who had assaulted two people and helping the officer out when the suspect kicked him.

Bystanders helped a Thompson RCMP officer who was assaulted by a suspect during the course of an arrest on April 26.

Police were notified around 7 p.m. of a fight outside a business on Mystery Lake Road and arrived to learn that a man had assaulted two employees, one of whom was bleeding profusely. Witnesses pointed out the suspect, who ran away. An officer chased him on foot and was taking him into custody when the man kicked the officer. Bystanders helped the officer with the combative suspect, who was arrested and then taken to the hospital as a precaution and was yelling, swearing and causing a disturbance. Police say the suspect threatened the officer as well.

One of the victims, a 63-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, and the other, a 35-year-old man, was treated and released at the scene.

“I would like to thank all the people that helped during this violent incident yesterday,” said Staff Sgt. Shane Flanagan, acting detachment commander of Thompson RCMP, in a news release. “Several people provided assistance to the injured victims and helped officers identify and arrest the suspect.”

Sean Spence, 32, from Split Lake, is charged with assaulting a police officer, aggravated assault, assault, resisting arrest, uttering threats, and disturbing the peace and was remanded into custody.

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