Mountie charged with assaulting pregnant teen
Published Wednesday, September 9, 2009 11:02AM PDT
A second RCMP officer has been charged in connection to a Kelowna, B.C., assault that saw one man shot in the legs and a pregnant teenager allegedly struck in the face.
Const. Steve Conlon, a three-year veteran of the force, has been charged with assaulting the woman during the altercation earlier this year.
On February 13, the incident began with Mark Aaron Pauls, 24, wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant, being shot several times by Const. Kent Hall.
"An officer had been pepper sprayed during the execution of his duties and he interpreted that and reacted to that and as a result an individual received gunshot wounds," Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Const. Anne Brinnen told CTV News after the incident.
Const. Hall was charged with the careless use of a firearm and will appear in court Nov. 27.
After the shooting, Hall and two other officers went to a nearby house to search for a woman involved in the incident. While inside, an officer got into an altercation with 19-year-old Crystal Young, who was holding a pit bull.
Police say Conlon allegedly struck her in the face after her dog bit him. He was unaware she was six months pregnant.
"He punched me in the face and threw me to the ground," Young told CTV News in February.
The teen says the assault was unprovoked.
"I wasn't resisting. I didn't have anywhere to go. I wasn't running. I was just holding my dog back."
Conlon has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and will appear in court Oct. 16.
A number of people at the scene were handcuffed and detained without any criminal charges, something RCMP "E" Division spokesman Sgt. Tim Shields confirms is the subject of an internal police review.
There will also be an RCMP code of conduct investigation into Conlon's conduct, as well as the conduct of the two officers who were with him.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Kent Molgat