Abbotsford police Cpl. Aaron Courtney, one of two police officers hurt in a hit-and-run accident in Burnaby on Monday, has been released from hospital.
Courtney and an unidentified RCMP officer, both members of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service team, were standing beside their vehicle in the 5000-block of North Fraser Way near Glenlyon Parkway at about 11:30 a.m. when they were struck by a westbound car that then fled the area.
Both men were taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with what police called “serious but non-life threatening” injuries.
Courtney, a 15-year veteran with the APD and 10-year member of the police dog services unit, is now at home recovering. The RCMP officer remains in hospital.
“This was an extremely serious collision, which could have resulted in significant injury or the death of these officers. However, we are relieved that the prognosis for both officers appears to be positive. No service dogs were injured in the collision. This incident has shaken the police community, and we are grateful for the public’s overwhelming support,” Abbotsford police said in a release.
The suspect vehicle, which had been reported stolen, was found by police heavily damaged and abandoned in an industrial area not far from the collision.
Burnaby RCMP said a description of the suspect will be released as the investigation progresses.
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