Charges Laid In Assault Of Lethbridge Regional Police Officer
Lethbridge: A 31-year old Regional Police officer remains in stable condition in Calgary
Foothills hospital with serious head injuries suffered in an assault early
Wednesday morning. Constable Norman Smith has a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a broken
nose and lacerations.
Smith stopped two men walking down the road along South Parkside Drive at
about two in the morning. One man fled but returned while the officer
was arresting and handcuffing the second suspect. The first suspect began
beating the officer. Both men then fled.
According to Inspector Colin Catonio, "Some residents in the area caught
the tail-end of the incident and one was able to point out the direction in
which one of the suspects went". Patrol officers apprehended one suspect while
K-9 officer Ivo took down the other.
The pair of suspects are both from Calgary and have been remanded in custody to appear in court on Friday, February 25th. 20-year old Raymond Joshua Asham is charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and escaping lawful custody. 24-year old Aaron Head faces aggravated assault of a peace officer and accessory to escaping lawful custody.
Constable Smith was initially taken to Regional Hospital but then
transferred to Foothills. He has been with Regional Police since October of 2009 and
before that he worked with Edmonton Police. He is married and the father of
three young children.
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 3/12/2014 5:10:26 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News Photo of Const. Norman Smith courtesy Regional Police