No leads in officer-assault case

One month after a White Rock police officer was assaulted on Marine Drive, police investigating the attack still have no leads or suspects.

But they are closing in on the culprits nonetheless, White Rock RCMP Sgt. Roland Pierschke said.

“We’re getting more confident daily,” Pierschke said of efforts to identify those involved in the Dec. 19 incident. “We haven’t identified anybody yet, but it’s progressing well. This is all good old-fashioned leg work.”

Police are looking for approximately 10 men in connection with the early morning assault, which occurred as a constable attempted to arrest an intoxicated man in the 14900-block at about 2:15 a.m.

The officer was struggling to get the unco-operative man under control when the group surrounded him, and an altercation ensued.

The officer – who suffered a broken hand in the scuffle – was knocked down, then grabbed by the face and from behind when he got up.

The group fled when he drew his gun.

Pierschke said efforts are underway to enhance video surveillance footage from that morning, which is hoped will give police a good look at those responsible.

The injured officer is on the mend, he added. It is anticipated he will be back on the job towards the end of February.

Anyone with information that could help police with the investigation may contact the detachment at 778-593-3600.