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Man faces charges after convenience store assault

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A 26-year-old man is facing multiple charges after an assault at a Henderson Highway convenience store early Sunday that left three people, including an off-duty police officer, injured.

Just before 6 a.m. Sunday, police officers responded to reports of an assault in progress in the area of Henderson Highway and Sutton Avenue, and arrived on the scene to find a woman and two men suffering from wounds sustained in the attack. The lone male assailant had fled the scene.

According to police, the off-duty officer observed a woman being assaulted outside the store; when he identified himself and attempted to intervene, the suspect shifted the focus of his attack to the officer. A bystander who subsequently tried to stop the attack was also assaulted.

All three were able to take shelter inside the store, and the assailant fled. Police located the suspect a short time later on Sutton Avenue, and he was arrested without incident.

A 26-year-old male, whose name was not released, has been charged with two counts of assault, assaulting a peace officer and aggravated assault of a peace officer. He remains in custody at the provincial remand centre.

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