At approximately 9:25Friday night RCMP responded to a call of a disturbance on Second Avenue.
Officers were advised that a 16-year-old male was on the street in possession of a knife while making threats to harm a homeowner.
Officers placed him under arrest for Uttering Threats and Possession of a Weapon. He was transported to the Creighton RCMP detachment. As the youth was being led into the detachment, he began making threats that included references to COVID-19 and then forcefully coughed multiple times into the officer’s face. He was then arrested for Assaulting a Police Officer. He was later released to his family.
It is not believed that the youth has COVID-19 but, as a precautionary measure, the officer is self-monitoring.
Sergeant Paul Manaigre says their officers are focusing on education and are using discretion when it comes to enforcing measures related to COVID-19, however, they will arrest individuals who willfully disregard public health measures and potentially endanger others.
Flin Flon RCMP continue to investigate.