Kelowna Mountie charged with assaulting pregnant woman
VANCOUVER – A Kelowna Mountie who suffered a pit bull bite and struck a woman who unleashed the beast has been charged with assault causing bodily harm.
The policeman was fresh from investigating a shooting and had gone to a home looking for a suspect.
“While inside the house, an altercation ensued between Cst. Steve Conlon and a 19-year-old woman who was holding a pit bull. During the altercation, Cst. Conlon was bitten by the dog and it is alleged he struck the woman once in the face resulting in facial bruising,” said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Tim Shields.
“Although Cst. Conlon was unaware at the time, the woman was pregnant. There is no indication that a weapon was involved in the alleged assault,” he said.
Apparently, the woman’s pregnancy was unaffected by the altercation.
The incident began on Feb. 13 when Kelowna plainclothes officers were involved in a violent struggle with a male they were trying to arrest.
The suspect was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.
“During the struggle, the suspect was shot and wounded after he allegedly pepper sprayed the officer,” Shields said.
“In the aftermath of the shooting three officers attended a nearby house that was known to police with the belief that a woman involved in the previous incident was inside it,” he said.
It was there that the offence is alleged to have happened.
The RCMP’s “E” Division Professional Standards Unit investigated the incident involving the assault allegation and a report to Crown Counsel was submitted.
A single charge of assault causing bodily harm was laid on Friday against Cst. Steve Conlon – a three year member of the RCMP.
He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Kelowna Provincial Court on October 16th, 2009.
An RCMP Code of Conduct investigation remains open involving Cst. Conlon for the use of force and entry into the home.
In addition, two other Kelowna Detachment officers are being investigated under the Code of Conduct in relation to their entry into the home, said Shields.