Vancouver, BC – Three men brutally assaulted a Vancouver police officer during a traffic stop on Tuesday night (video below).
One of the assailants attempted to flee the scene on foot, and was struck by a pickup truck, cell phone footage showed.
The incident began at approximately 10 p.m. on Oct. 9, when two Vancouver police officers in plainclothes spotted a Dodge Durango traveling in an area that was closed off to traffic, the Vancouver Sun reported.
The officers stopped the vehicle between Seymour and Granville Streets, and approached the three men inside the SUV, according to the North Shore News.
The occupants were immediately “confrontational and verbally abusive,” Vancouver Police Sergeant Jason Robillard said during a press conference on Wednesday.
The officers then noticed the occupants reaching beneath a seat, so they opened one of the SUV doors, Sgt. Robillard said.
One of the suspects grabbed onto one of the officers, pulling him inside the vehicle, and “two men began to punch [the officer] repeatedly in the face and head,” the sergeant explained. “As the other officer rushed to help, all three men exited the vehicle and continued to assault the officers."
Cell phone footage showed the altercation between the officers and the combative men after it was already underway.
“Get on the ground!” one of the officers ordered, as a suspect in a purple jacket took off running towards an intersection.
The man sprinted across the roadway while looking over his shoulder at the pursuing officer, and turned around just as a gray pickup drove into the intersection and slammed into him with a sickening thud, the video showed.
Seemingly uninjured, the suspect jumped up and took off running again, but was apprehended by another officer two blocks away, the Vancouver Sun reported.
The other two vehicle occupants were also arrested.
Brendan Robinson, 21, and Troy Robinson, 22, were charged with willfully obstructing a peace officer and assaulting a police officer, CBC reported.
Brian Allen, 24, was charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property under $5,000 for stealing the injured officer’s cell phone.
All three of the suspects are well-known to Vancouver police, the Vancouver Sun reported.
According to CBC, additional charges related to drugs and alcohol the officers found inside the suspects’ vehicle may be forthcoming, police said.
The injured officer is now recovering at home.
“The injuries are to the head and face, and we consider them to be substantial injuries,” Sgt. Robillard said, according to the Vancouver Sun.
“This is an example of the risk all police officers face as they work to protect the citizens they serve. This sort of incident affects the entire policing community,” he added. “We wish our officer a speedy recovery and will ensure the officer and his family have the support they need.”
Sgt. Robillard said that, although the officers were not wearing uniforms, the suspects were all aware of who they were dealing with.
“These officers in this particular case were in plainclothes. They did pull this vehicle over with their emergency lights on their vehicle, they did identify themselves as police officers, and there is no doubt in my mind that the three occupants in the vehicle knew they were police officers,” he said.
The Robinson brothers are the sons of retired Hells Angels member Lloyd Robinson, who is also the half-brother of East End Hells Angels President John Bryce, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Watch cell phone footage of the runaway suspect being struck by a pickup in the video below. WARNING - Content is considered extremely graphic by Facebook employees: