Police apprehend knife-wielding suspect in Lethbridge after getaway attempt ends in washroom
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 4:45PM MST
A suspect who escaped RCMP custody on Friday afternoon in Lethbridge has been captured after police deployed a stun gun.
Coaldale RCMP members were transporting the male, a suspect in a number of property-related offences, shortly before 3:00 p.m. when he escaped from custody and fled on foot from the detachment in the 400 block of Stafford Drive South. The 46-year-old man was handcuffed behind his back but had managed to free one of his wrists.
Members of the LPS were deployed and the suspect was spotted entering a downtown apartment building where one of his relatives resides. RCMP and LPS officers scoured the complex and located the suspect barricaded within the washroom of his relative's suite.
LPS officials says the responding officers were confronted by the male who lunged at them while holding a knife. An officer fired a stun gun and the suspect was apprehended by police. The 46-year-old man was transported to the Chinook Regional Hospital for assessment.
Charges are pending against the unidentified suspect who remains in police custody.