B.C. Prosecution Service charges decorated Vancouver police officer with assault

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      Few details have been released in connection with a criminal charge laid against a Vancouver police officer.

      Const. Simrit Roycombough faces one count of assault related to an on-duty incident on June 9, 2019.

      A B.C. Prosecution Service media statement did not disclose the specific allegation.

      "As this matter is now before the court the BCPS will not be releasing additional information or commenting further at this time," the statement reads.

      A senior Crown counsel approved the charge under section 266 of the Criminal Code.

      This section of the Criminal Code can be punishable as an indictable offence, with a maximim five-year prison term, or as a summary offence, with a maximum of six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

      In 2016, Roycombough received a chief constable's commendation in connection with the arrest of a dangerous suspect on the morning of December 5, 2014.

      A man who had robbed a Surrey grocery store and stabbed an employee then carjacked a vehicle. He brandished a knife and ordered the driver to leave the area.

      Police pursued him through different municipalities.

      Roycombough was a passenger in a Vancouver police car that collided with the vehicle carrying the suspect.

      The officer managed to free himself after being trapped. He, along with his injured partner, then constable Neil Logan, pursued the fleeing suspect into an industrial mill where he was subdued.

      "The struggle to make an arrest would move overtop of a wood chipper and the spiked belt moving lumber toward it—a fall into either would result in certain death," the commendation states.