On Nov. 23, 2021, shortly before 9:30 a.m., a Cardston RCMP officer was on Kanai Nation (Blood Tribe), Alta., in cooperation with Blood Tribe Police Service, as the officer was seeking to locate individuals on outstanding warrants in the community. The officer observed a male walking on the road who was known to have outstanding warrants related to various offences.
The Cardston RCMP officer exited their police vehicle and advised the male he was under arrest. The officer observed the male holding a long metal pipe and directed him to drop it. The male failed to comply, and an interaction occurred where the male struck the officer with the pipe. The officer then attempted to get the male under control which included two deployments of the Conducted Energy Weapon; however, this was unsuccessful. The RCMP officer called for assistance.
The male was secured in custody after a second RCMP officer came on scene and assisted in the arrest.
In addition to the charges for the outstanding warrants of uttering threats, criminal harassment and mischief, Dylan Riley Bird (27) of Kanai Nation (Blood Tribe) has been charged with:
- Assault peace officer causing bodily harm (x2)
- Assault peace officer
- Fail to comply with release order
Following a judicial hearing, Bird was released from custody on cash bail with conditions and is next scheduled to appear in Cardston Provincial Court on Dec.13, 2021.
The RCMP officer attended the hospital and received treatment for the injuries he received during the interaction and was released.
As these matters are before the courts, no further details can be provided.