Vancouver: Police said officers got a valuable assist from some helpful bystanders during last weekend, after a suspect became violent and attacked them near a group of families in Stanley Park.

Police said the officers were on patrol Saturday afternoon when they were called around 4 pm to check on a man who was yelling, swearing, and making families feel unsafe near the playground at Second Beach.

“Shortly after the officers arrived, the man turned on them. He attacked the constables and caused injuries to their faces and heads,” the police said in a press release.

“In the struggle to gain control of the suspect, the officers were unable to immediately reach for their radios to call for backup,” said Sergeant Steve Addison. 

“That’s when two bystanders stepped in, put themselves in harm’s way, and helped the officers gain control of the violent suspect,” he added.

The police said both officers were treated for minor injuries and finished their shifts.

The suspect, 30, has been charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer and was released by the courts.

“Police work is often unpredictable. When we’re in a tough spot, it helps to know the community has our backs. Though our officers are a bit banged up, we’re all grateful these bystanders stepped in to prevent more serious injuries,” added Sergeant Addison.

The Vancouver Police said they are working on plans to formally recognize the Good Samaritans.

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