HALIFAX - The province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has launched an investigation into the actions of Halifax Regional Police for the injuries sustained to a man charged with stabbing a police officer last month.
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Alexander Welch, 31, walking into the Halifax provincial courthouse on Monday.
Alexander Welch, 31, faces 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 on Sept. 20.
Police say when Welch was arrested and brought into police headquarters, he became “extremely combative,” spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages told Metro on Sept. 23.
Welch ended up receiving injuries to his face and nose from officers, and a report was filed explaining why force was needed.
In a release issued Wednesday, HRP says they determined a referral should be made to SiRT, which investigates matters involving police, following the internal investigation.
On Sept. 21, two officers went to the shelter around 8:30 p.m. 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.
Welch was back in court on Wednesday, and had his case adjourned to Nov. 13 for election and or plea. He’s been remanded to the East Coast Forensic Facility in Burnside pending his next court appearance.
- by Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax