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Helicopter used to track down assault suspect in Campbell River

A RCMP manhunt using a police helicopter tracked down a suspect after an assault on June 24.

RCMP had responded to an aggravated assault that occurred in the 5100 block of Duncan Bay Road.

A man, later identified as Ryan MacMillan, assaulted the victim over a dispute over property, said Const. Clark, Media Relations Officer for Campbell River RCMP.

MacMillan came at the victim with a weapon and struck him numerous times before fleeing the scene in his vehicle. Witnesses in the area immediately ran to the victim’s aid and called 911.

Police attended the scene and a search began for MacMillan. Police utilized the RCMP helicopter, police service dog, Major Crimes Unit and Street Crime Unit to aid in the search for the vehicle and the investigation. The police helicopter located the vehicle several kilometres from the scene and police vehicles moved in, resulting in the arrest of MacMillan.

The victim was taken to hospital where he received extensive medical attention for his numerous injuries. The investigation into the assault led to several search warrants which, with evidence gathering done by the forensic unit, uncovered further evidence. The case is currently before the court and MacMillan remains in custody.

“This was a violent targeted offence and a quick response by the public and police allowed for a quick apprehension of MacMillan. These kinds of serious offences are dealt promptly and police do not hesitate in pulling in as many resources as required to complete a full and solid investigation as quickly as possible,” said Const. Clark.

Anyone with any further information involving this case can contact Campbell River RCMP at (250) 286-6221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.