The WPS Public Information Office released information today regarding an off duty arrest of a Winnipeg shop lifter.
The incident occurred on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at approximately 11:30 pm when a male attended a business in the 1000 block of Leila Ave where he attempted to steal an undisclosed amount of merchandise. The suspect was observed by an attentive Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) who followed the thief outside where he attempted to detain the man for theft. Rather than come peacefully, the suspect took the “fight” option and began to assault the LPO.
Lucky for the LPO an off duty WPS Officer happened to be driving by and observed the assault. The officer immediately stopped and assisted the LPO in taking the suspect into custody, identifying himself as a WPS Officer in the process.
The LPO was not injured during the incident.
The WPS has charged Damien Paul Harry (30) years of Winnipeg with Assault, Theft Under $5,000 and Breach of Probation. He was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
The vast majority of Police Officers take their sworn duty to protect the peace very seriously whether on or off duty.
Off duty members of the WPS take part in dozens of off duty arrests every year. These incidents can be extremely dangerous and can include a variety of offences such as Thefts, Break & Enters, Assaults and even Homicides. The actions of these officers are often worthy of recognition by the Chief of Police in the form of a commendation.
The WPS celebrates these commendations at the Annual WPS Awards Day at which time the officers bravery, dedication to duty and commitment to the public peace are honoured. This years Awards Day will occur on Friday, May 10th, 2013. Look for Police Insider coverage of the event.