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Raymond RCMP member struck with fire extinguisher during stolen truck investigation
Published Friday, December 28, 2018 6:56PM MST
A member of the Raymond RCMP detachment has been released from hospital after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during his attempt to arrest a suspected truck thief.
RCMP members responded to reports of a ramming in the Town of Magrath on Thursday afternoon involving a civilian’s vehicle and a suspected stolen truck. When RCMP arrived, the suspect vehicle rammed the police unit and drove off.
The truck was located by another RCMP member a short time later and an attempt was made to arrest the suspect. During the attempt, the suspect allegedly confronted the officer and struck the RCMP member in the head with a fire extinguisher. The suspect was apprehended.
The RCMP member received treatment for his injuries in hospital and was subsequently released.
As a result of the investigation, 23-year-old Rex McCall Siemens of Magrath has been charged with:
- Assaulting a police officer
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
- Uttering threats
- Resisting arrest
- Possession of stolen property
- Failing to comply with a recognizance
Siemens remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Fort Macleod Provincial Court on Wednesday, January 2 via CCTV.