A man from Langley, British Columbia has been charged following a string of incidents in the Portage la Prairie area last week, including attempted murder of a police officer.
RCMP were called to a farm on June 5 after the suspect is alleged to have tried to steal a dog. The 57-year-old homeowner confronted the man and was assaulted as a result.
Police say the suspect drove away in a 2009 Chevrolet “monster-style” 4×4 truck after driving it onto the homeowner’s deck and threatening the man and his wife.
The vehicle was later found to have been stolen from Saskatchewan bearing stolen Manitoba plates.
Police also allege the man broke into a local church and attempted to steal a trailer from a nearby business.
RCMP quickly found the truck and attempted to arrest the man, who rammed a police vehicle with the officer inside. The cruiser was knocked into the ditch and the suspect attempted to drive over the car before fleeing. The officer inside was treated for his injuries in hospital.
A police K9 dog was brought in to help track the suspect after he fled on foot into a nearby field. The police dog and its handler were assaulted by the man when attempting to make an arrest, but no serious injuries were sustained. A Taser was deployed to subdue the suspect and eventually take him into custody.
Joshua Eugene Brockington, 29, of Langley faces numerous charges. He was scheduled to appear in Portage la Prairie court today.