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Shoplifter arrested for stabbing Chilliwack security guard
An Eagle Landing loss-prevention officer was hospitalized Friday afternoon after being stabbed in the leg by a shoplifter.
Police say two loss-prevention officers at the Eagle Landing Parkway shopping plaza were in the middle of trying to arrest the shoplifter at about 3:50 p.m., when the man produced a knife and stabbed one of the officers in the leg.
Despite the injury, the officers were able to detain the shoplifter until police arrival.
The injured loss-prevention officer sustained a minor, non-life threatening injury and was transported to hospital for treatment.
The alleged shoplifter, 42-year-old Shane Garret Appleby of Maple Ridge, was arrested at the scene and charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and theft under $5,000.
He will be held in custody until his first court appearance Monday.
"We are thankful that the loss-prevention officer did not sustain life-threatening injuries in this matter,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen said in a press release. “Law enforcement at all levels poses inherent safety issues.”