By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - A man charged with allegedly stabbing a Halifax cop walked into court Monday with visible injuries to his face, which police say he received on Friday night after being “extremely combative” with officers.
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Alexander Welch, 31, walking into the Halifax provincial courthouse on Monday.
Alexander Welch, 31, appeared briefly Monday afternoon to face charges of assaulting a police officer, attempted murder, being at large, and resisting arrest related to the stabbing incident outside the Metro Turning Point men’s shelter Friday night.
“From the time he was arrested, all the way to the time he was brought into booking, Welch was extremely combative with police,” said Const. Pierre Bourdages, when asked about the injuries to his face.
“As a result, an officer had to use physical force against him to restrain him at the scene, and also as he arrived in booking.”
Welch had multiple cuts on his face, two black eyes, and said nothing during his appearance at Halifax provincial court.
Bourdages said Welch had received injuries to his face and nose, and a report has been filed explaining why force was needed.
He said the file will be reviewed by two sergeants to make sure everything was done properly.
Two officers went to the shelter around 8:30 p.m. Friday to arrest Welch, as he was wanted on a warrant after he failed to appear in court for other charges.
Police say the accused was standing outside the shelter and fled when he saw the two officers. A chase followed, and when one of the officers caught up to the suspect, police say he was stabbed in the forearm and neck with a knife.
The suspect was then Tasered and arrested by the other officer.
“It’s an unusual event for an officer to be stabbed,” Bourdages said. “If there is something we can do differently, or more effectively, we’ll definitely look into this.”
The injured officer is expected to make a full recovery.
On Monday defence lawyer, John Black, asked for Welch to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine his criminal responsibility.
Black said Welch has a history of diagnosed “psychosis” which he was not being treated for.
Welch was remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth, and will next appear in court Oct. 30.