Injured Police Officer Out of Hospital -- Force Grateful For Help -- Attackers Still In Jail
Lethbridge: Regional Police are breathing a sigh of relief as one of their own continues
to recover from a severe beating.
31-year old Constable Norman Smith was
released from Calgary Foothills hospital on Thursday. Smith, who is married and
the father of three young children, continues to recover at home with his family
here in Lethbridge.
About two Wednesday morning, Officer Smith stopped
two men walking along south Parkside Drive. A police check indicated one of the
men was wanted on outstanding warrants in Calgary. While attempting to make an
arrest, Smith was assault and suffered a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain,
a broken nose and lacerations. Regional police offer a thank you to those who
assisted Smith at the time of the incident and helped locate the
A statement issued from Police headquarters Friday morning
states: Regional Police wish to thank the community for their support and
well-wishes following the assault of Cst. Norman Smith. In addition, police are
especially grateful for the efforts of three citizens who assisted officers at
the scene of the incident. A father and son who were driving by stopped after
noticing Cst. Smith was injured and stayed with him until further help arrived,
and a local taxi driver pointed police in the direction of one of the subjects
who had fled.
“It is very reassuring to know that our officers can count
on citizens to help out in difficult situations,” said Chief Tom McKenzie. “The
foundation of community policing set out many years ago by Sir Robert Peel still
holds true today. The police are the public and the public are the
The men arrested in relation to the assault made an
initial court appearance in Lethbridge on Friday morning.
20 year old
Raymond Joshua Asham of Calgary is charged with Aggravated Assault of a peace
officer and escape lawful custody.
24 year old Aaron Head of Calgary is
charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and accessory to escape
The two men have been referred to legal aid and remain in
custody until their next court appearance on Tuesday.
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 3/9/2014 1:47:31 PM
Source: Patrick Burles -- Dori Modney -- Country 95 News