Man in custody after allegedly causing disturbance at college

By Charles Lefebvre
March 20, 2019 - 12:29pm Updated: March 20, 2019 - 7:27pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — The Medicine Hat Police Service has arrested a male after he allegedly caused a disturbance at Medicine Hat College Wednesday morning.

Officers arrived at the college at approximately 8 a.m. after receiving reports that an unknown male was allegedly acting erratically, disrupting students and refusing to leave the premises.

When the man was located, he allegedly fled on foot into a classroom that was occupied by students and an instructor. He also allegedly ignored police commands and was combative towards the pursuing officer. Police say they used pepper spray on the suspect, and apprehended him without further incident.

Staff Sergeant Kelsey Fraser praised the officer for his actions during the arrest.

“He made the decision to go in by himself, understanding the nature of the call and knowing the school was occupied,” he said. “Not having all of the information available to him, he still made the right decision to go in without backup to ensure safety of faculty and students.”

Students and staff were not physically injured during the incident.

Police say no weapons were used or threatened by the male. In the original release from police, they say the man was not a student at the college, but following investigation, later determined he was.

The man is currently in custody, awaiting a bail hearing. His name will be released when charges are officially sworn against him.

Fraser says the man was previously known to police, and is facing charges of causing a disturbance and resisting arrest in connection with the incident.

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