By Sarah Klein
An off-duty Winnipeg police officer was assaulted Sunday morning while attempting to break-up an altercation in front of a convenience store.
Cops were called just before 6 a.m. to the 7-Eleven on Henderson Highway at Sutton Avenue. Police say a female victim was assaulted by a suspect outside of the store, at which time the off-duty officer identified himself and tried to intervene. The suspect then turned to the officer and assaulted him in the upper body. A bystander nearby attempted to help the officer, but was also assaulted.
The suspect fled the scene, but was later found by police in the 300 block of Sutton Avenue.
The off-duty officer was taken to hospital in stable condition, while the other two victims did not require medical attention.
A 26-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged with numerous offences, including assaulting a police officer, and remains in custody.
Officers kicked in separate incident
On Sunday night, two Winnipeg police officers were kicked after they responded to a fight in the 600 block of Balmoral Street.
Police found an intoxicated teen at around 7:30 p.m. who became combative with officers, kicking them both several times in the upper body.
Neither officer suffered serious injury.
A 17-year-old female from Winnipeg was arrested and detained at the Manitoba Youth Centre.