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Man charged with assault after Alberta RCMP attacked with bear spray

RCMP say they got a call Wednesday from an 18-year-old woman on an inflatable raft that had been swept away from Delta Beach on the south shore of Lake Manitoba.
RCMP say they got a call Wednesday from an 18-year-old woman on an inflatable raft that had been swept away from Delta Beach on the south shore of Lake Manitoba. The Canadian Press Images-Mario Beauregard

Alberta RCMP charged a man after he allegedly bear-sprayed an officer in the face this week, according to a news release issued Friday.

On May 18, police responded to a complaint of a suspicious man carrying bear repellent in the Ermineskin townsite.

A suspect matching the description ran away when officers approached him, RCMP said.

“The police pursued the male, who then discharged a large amount of bear repellent spray into the face of a police officer,” RCMP said.

Police said the man fought them, “hitting and kicking additional officers who were able to arrest him following a struggle.”

RCMP said EMS treated the officer on scene, adding that he had minor injuries.

Christopher Simon, 38, of Maskwacis, was charged with:

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  • assaulting a police officer with a weapon
  • three counts of assaulting a police officer
  • resisting police
  • carrying a concealed weapon
  • possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Simon is in custody and scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin court on May 26.