Two Transit Police officers are in self-isolation after being coughed on while responding to a call in New Westminster.
In a Twitter post Sunday, police Chief Dave Jones said the officers were responding to a man allegedly threatening a woman ear the New Westminster SkyTrain Station with a knife.
Transit police were called and when they arrested the man, Jones said they began “intentionally coughing and spitting at officers.”
Sgt. Clint Hampton told Black Press Media the COVID-19 crisis has made frontline workers wary in situations that are already difficult. Charges, including assault, are being recommended.
The officers are now is self-isolation as a precaution, due to the COVID-19 situation in B.C. As of Sunday, at least 424 people in the provinces tested positive for the coronavirus and 10 had died.