Terrace RCMP is thanking a local man who came to the rescue of one of its officers last week.
Police say the officer was responding to a fight in progress Wednesday, April 6th in front of McDonald’s at about 9:30 am.
Mounties say a man became combative and knocked the responding officer to the ground, straddled him, and repeatedly hit the officer. That’s when a witness jumped in and pulled the man off the Mountie and held him to the ground until the officer was able to recover and gain control.
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 Constable Angela Rabut, Community Policing/Media Relations Terrace RCMP.
RCMP says the suspect continued to fight and allegedly spit blood and saliva into the faces of two more officers.
Mounties say 21-year-old Cali Peal-Barton has been charged with three counts of Assaulting a Police Officer, Causing a Disturbance, Resisting Arrest, Assault, and Obstruction.
Peal-Barton is in custody awaiting a court appearance.