THUNDER BAY – A Thunder Bay man is facing assault charges after allegedly striking an officer in the face late Monday night.
The Thunder Bay Police Service officer was completing an assault investigation in the 200 block of Brodie Street on Monday just before 10 p.m. when a man unrelated to that investigation approached and bumped into the fender of the officer’s cruiser.
After identifying himself as a police officer the male attacked him without warning, striking him in the face.
Police say the man then fled after the officer told him he would be arrested for assault.
After a brief foot pursuit, the man was apprehended in the 100 block of Brodie Street. The arrest was completed without further incident after a brief struggle.
As a result of the assault, the officer required stitches for a cut on his nose.
Police charged a 23-year-old Thunder Bay man with assaulting a peace officer and resisting a peace officer.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Aug. 13.