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Man uses shovel to stop suspect from allegedly assaulting a woman in the Interior

Police in the Interior were busy this week dealing with all sorts of incidents, including an alleged assault.

According to RCMP, on Feb. 21 at 2:39 pm, officers attended a disturbance in the 4000 block of Donsleequa Road in 108 Mile Ranch. The caller reported an assault where one family member struck another in the face twice before allegedly grabbing a knife.

The suspect was only stopped after a witness on scene used a small shovel to keep the man from assaulting a woman. The suspect then fled to a neighbour's residence, breaking a window in the process.

Upon arrival, police apprehended the suspect under the Mental Health Act due to the irrational and self-harm behaviour he displayed. He was also arrested for mischief because of the broken windows.

The family initially declined to speak with police, though they provided longer statements the following day.

After the incident, the man was taken to a local hospital where he was cleared by a physician. This allowed officers to continue to investigate what had caused the incident.

The 36-year-old was eventually arrested for assault causing bodily harm. Officers continued to check on his mental health throughout the investigation.

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