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Vancouver police officer assaulted during bus arrest

A Vancouver police officer was assaulted Thursday while trying to arrest a man who was allegedly masturbating on a bus. Just after 6 p.m.
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A Vancouver police officer was assaulted Thursday while trying to arrest a man who was allegedly masturbating on a bus. File photo

A Vancouver police officer was assaulted Thursday while trying to arrest a man who was allegedly masturbating on a bus.

Just after 6 p.m. Thursday, Vancouver police officers were called to the area of Broadway and Heather Street to help transit security in removing the man who had allegedly started masturbating on the bus.

The 32-year-old refused to leave the bus and became aggressive, getting into a physical altercation with a VPD officer and two transit security guards. According to a police press release, the man allegedly struck the officer in the face and then attempted to grab the officer’s gun. He was unsuccessful but managed to get the officer’s baton.

The man was arrested for assaulting and disarming a police officer and was taken to jail.

The officer was expected to return to work Friday.