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Charges laid in dragging of police officer in Winnipeg in October

Charges laid in dragging of police officer in Winnipeg in October”

A man is in custody after a seven-hour standoff with Winnipeg police, in which he allegedly threatened to kill a family member and responding officers.

The initial incident on October 21 happened at 2:15 a.m. when an officer spotted a auto in the 300 block of St. Mary Avenue with "fresh damage to the side of the vehicle and three occupants".

When officers tried to arrest him, the man drove off, but the officer's arm was tangled up in a seat belt and he was dragged about 75 metres, they said.

The man who was driving was wanted on two arrest warrants, police said. He was treated in hospital for minor injuries to his hand.

Const. Rob Carver said the man is known to police and has had contact with the justice system and law enforcement in the past. While placing him under arrest, Flett took off and dragged one of the officers nearly 250 feet. Police conducted a traffic stop and arrested Flett before he attempted to punch one of the arresting officers, said police.

"I can tell you that he has a history of violent encounters both with the public and with the police".

Flett is facing a number of charges: assault peace officer, resist peace officer, public mischief, drive without a license or with invalid license and drive without motor vehicle liability insurance.

Police said Flett is also the subject of two other warrants but investigators could not release his picture because it was unrelated to this particular incident. "That's why we bring in trained negotiators.so everyone understands we want to move as slow as possible to be as safe as possible", Carver said.



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