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Suspect escapes Saskatoon police after bear spraying officer

Saskatoon police are looking for a man who was carrying a knife and who bear sprayed an officer on Sunday evening. File / Global News

Saskatoon police are looking for a man who attacked an officer with bear spray on Sunday evening.

Shortly before 7 p.m. the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) received a call about a man carrying a knife through Pleasant Hill Park, according to a statement.

The man ran away from an approaching patrol officer, dropping the knife as he did so, police say.

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An officer chased the suspect into a backyard in the 100 block of Avenue U South, where the suspect turned and sprayed the officer with bear spray.

The suspect escaped and a canine unit couldn’t find him.

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Medavie Health Services West paramedics treated the officer, who has now returned to duty.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them, at 306-975-8300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The police statement described the wanted man as approximately five feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, between the ages of 25 and 30. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, a white shirt and black shorts.

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