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A Brandon police officer who was repeatedly stabbed while making an arrest is recovering at home with his family.
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old man accused of stabbing him remains in jail.
In supplying an update, the Brandon Police Service says that the officer, Const. Marc DeDecker, managed to make the arrest despite being stabbed five times.
“The officer was stabbed multiple times but was able to control the suspect while other officers arrived and took the suspect into custody,” BPS Sgt. Kevin McLean said in a press release.
BPS Chief Ian Grant released a video statement via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
“The events ... are a stark reminder of the risks faced by members of the Brandon Police Service, and indeed police officers all across our country,” Grant said.
He said he has received a number of messages of support from other police forces and communities.
Grant said the force will review the events leading up to the stabbing and assist Workplace Health and Safety investigators.
Police have since released further details of Monday evening’s events.
It began with a fire set in a suite at the Youth for Christ building on the 1200 block of Rosser Avenue.
It’s alleged that a resident set a fire by placing bed sheets and clothes on a hot stove. Fortunately, firefighters say, the sprinkler system did a good job of helping to tame the fire.
Also, the same person is accused of smashing a window at the Youth for Christ office and discharging a fire extinguisher.
The suspect fled, but a witness followed him and a second suspect to the corner of 20th Street and Lorne Avenue.
DeDecker was nearby and drove to the location. He was stabbed while trying to arrest the primary suspect who was armed with a small folding knife.
The officer was stabbed five times — four times to his leg and once to the side of his chest. The blow to his side nicked his lung.
Police say that, despite being stabbed, DeDecker was able to control the suspect until other officers arrived to help conclude the arrest.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.
A 16-year-old male who was with the suspect, and found to be carrying bear spray, was taken into custody but wasn’t involved in the assault on the officer. He was released later Monday evening.
William Jonathon Mini, 19, is charged with arson with disregard for life, aggravated assault of a police officer and mischief.
The allegations against him haven’t been proven and he’s presumed innocent.
Mini’s appearance was waived in Brandon provincial court on Tuesday, and he remains in custody with a next court date of Thursday.
According to Brandon Sun files, Mini has a troubled history.
While intelligent, he was previously diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and major depression. At one point, he’d attempted suicide.
He was described as a public safety concern after once setting fire to his bed in his Sioux Valley Dakota Nation home out of anger.
On another occasion, he’d bought a shotgun, stating that he’d intended to commit suicide. However, he later took counselling and stated he was no longer suicidal.
As recently as July, Mini
was placed on a one-year conditional discharge for breach of court orders and was instructed to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
He would also have been on a five-year weapons ban at the time of Monday’s stabbing.
DeDecker, who formerly worked in corrections at the Brandon jail, has been with the BPS for six years. He’s married and has a young child.
In April 2010, as a recruit, he broke the record for running the Police Officer Physical Ability Test.
“Since high school, being a police officer is something that I’ve thought about,” DeDecker told the Brandon Sun.
As an aside to Monday evening’s incident, the youth — the one who police say was found with bear spray at the stabbing scene — was also wanted in connection with a the theft of a rifle from a vehicle on Nov. 25.
He has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was released to appear in court at a later date.
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