Vancouver Police officer suffers broken leg during arrest

A man was arrested after two Vancouver Police Department officers were injured during a violent confrontation early Monday morning in downtown Vancouver. One officer sustained a compound leg fracture and the other sprained several fingers and is still recovering in hospital.

Just before 2 a.m. on January 15, two patrol officers were parked on Granville Street near Helmcken Street when they were physically confronted by 44-year-old Paul Eddison from Penticton. He was in an agitated state, according to police.

Eddison was eventually brought under control and arrested, but not before he allegedly caused several physical injuries to the officers.

Crown Counsel has approved criminal charges against Eddison related to aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer, and uttering threats.

The officer with the broken leg required emergency surgery. The second injured officer was treated at hospital and released.

“Our frontline patrol officers deal with challenging situations on a daily basis. They are required to continually get in harm’s way to protect the citizens they serve,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard. “We wish our injured officers a speedy recovery.”

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