Two beat officers working in Vancouver’s eastside spotted a man that they knew was wanted on outstanding mischief and threatening warrants standing on the sidewalk in the Unit block East Hastings Street. After confirming on the police database that the warrants were still in force, officers approached the man on foot.
As the officers tried to arrest the man, he allegedly began to actively resist and fight. The man continually tried to disarm one of the officers by trying to pull the officer’s gun out of its holster. Unsuccessful at getting the officer’s gun, the man then grabbed the officer’s collapsible baton and before he could wield it against the officers, additional officers arrived and subdued the man.
Ali Eltah Ishag, a 47 year old man of no fixed address, is currently in custody and charged with obstructing a peace officer, assaulting a peace officer with intent to resist arrest, and disarming a peace officer. Ishag is known to police and is currently facing a charge of assaulting a peace officer as a result of a February 2009 incident in Calgary, Alberta.
Neither officer suffered any serious injury during the incident.