Smithers RCMP officer wounded after altercation with suspect

A Smithers RCMP officer sustained head and foot injuries while responding to a call about a man trying to break into a residence Aug. 14.

A Smithers RCMP officer was treated in hospital for head and foot injuries after an altercation with a suspect who was allegedly trying to break down a locked door at a residence on 2nd Avenue.

Officers were responding to a call from a female in the residence around 8:30 pm on Aug. 14 when they encountered the man.

Police allege the man charged, threw rocks, and spit at the officers – leaving one member with injuries which were treated at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. The officer was then sent home as a result.

Forty-year-old Warren Allan Beattie is now facing charges of assaulting an officer, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, resisting arrest, uttering threats, and mischief.

Shortly after he was taken into custody, Beattie complained of back pain and breathing problems and was transported first to Bulkley Valley District Hospital and then to Vancouver General Hospital.

He remains in hospital and in police custody after waiving his right to a bail hearing on Aug. 17.

Beattie was on parole at the time of the alleged offences.