La Ronge RCMP are hoping to acquire any video of an incident this week, having seen individuals recording with their phones when two police offices were assaulted.
On Aug. 23, at approximately 12:30 a.m., La Ronge RCMP received a request from a homeowner to assist in removing several unwanted guests from a residence.
Upon the arrival of two police officers, several people were asked to leave the residence and complied with the police instruction.
While police were assisting an intoxicated guest, who was not under arrest, with leaving the residence, a 29-year-old male intervened and assaulted both officers.
The male was immediately advised by the officers that he was under arrest for assaulting a police officer. In response, he fled on foot, but was stopped by the officers, which resulted in further struggle to the ground as the male resisted the arrest.
As the officers worked to make the arrest and handcuff the male, several unknown people began to physically assault the officers. Another group of people were observed to be filming the entire incident via cell-phone, which lasted approximately 10 minutes. After being struck repeatedly, the officers were able to position themselves to safety by drawing a conducted energy weapon, which caused the group to distance themselves.
The CEW was not deployed. The male was arrested without further incident.
Both officers received medical treatment and remain on light duties as a result of their injuries.
The 29-year-old male appeared in La Ronge Provincial Court on Aug. 23, 2019, and was charged with assaulting a police officer.
The persons involved with the interference of the arrest and assault of the police officers have yet to be identified. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
La Ronge RCMP are asking the public for any footage of the incident. This footage is crucial to helping identify the persons responsible for the assault of the two police officers.
If you have any information to report, please contact La Ronge RCMP at 306-425-6730, or Saskatchewan RCMP at 310-RCMP (7267). Tips can also be submitted anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.