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Richmond RCMP recognizes civilians with awards

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:03 PST, Thu January 26, 2023

Last Updated: 3:13 PST, Thu February 9, 2023

Earlier this week, Richmond RCMP recognized three civilians for their actions during an incident that happened in February 2022.

Stephen Baskerville, Tracey Hill, and Marg Woodcock stepped in to assist police in locating and apprehending a violent suspect after he assaulted and injured a Richmond RCMP officer.

During the incident, Richmond RCMP received a report of a fraud and theft at a local hotel. Upon review of video surveillance at the scene, the investigating officers were able to identify three suspects involved. Patrols of the area soon located the suspects, but as police were in the process of arresting them, one suspect fled on foot.

One of the arresting officers engaged in a foot pursuit of this suspect, who subsequently resisted arrest by fighting back, striking the officer with his fists and knees. During the altercation, the suspect struck the officer in the head several times and was able to remove the officer’s collapsible baton from its holster. The suspect then began striking the officer with the baton.

Civilians working at a nearby construction site witnessed the foot pursuit and assault, and stepped in to help. They checked on the injured officer who had briefly lost consciousness, and followed the suspect who was fleeing from the scene of the assault. This allowed the other attending officers to quickly locate and arrest the suspect.

“This situation quickly and unexpectedly escalated into violence, with one of our officers being attacked and injured,” said Chief Supt. Dave Chauhan, Richmond RCMP officer in charge, during the awards ceremony. “I want to personally thank these civilians for rendering assistance to our injured officer, and for helping to ensure the suspect involved was quickly located and taken into custody.”

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