Officer Fires Shot in Fear of Life

Manitoba PostNews

WINNIPEG – A 17-year-old was charged after he drove his pick-up truck towards an RCMP officer who was on foot at the moment attempting to stop him.

Sunday shortly after 3:00 AM a Mountie attempted to pull over a pickup truck without licence plates that was on Sutherland Avenue in Selkirk. The pickup truck fled from the officer to a wooded, unmaintained trail off Highway 204.

The officer followed the truck onto the trail on foot. When the Mountie engaged the driver of the truck and ordered him out of the vehicle, the 17-year-old driver then stepped on the gas and drove toward the officer, pushing a downed tree into the officer and striking the him in the leg. The driver backed up and again accelerated toward the officer, resulting in the officer firing a shot at the driver. The vehicle then left the scene.

RCMP found the vehicle abandoned, the suspect had taken off on foot.

The investigation led police to arrest a 17-year-old man of the RM of St. Andrews. He is charged with Aggravated Assault, Assault with Weapon, Assault Police Officer, Flight from Police, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Drive while Suspended, Public Mischief and Fail to Comply with Undertaking.

The suspect was not injured in this incident. The officer received minor injuries and was not taken to hospital. The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba was consulted.