Walmart security officer hit by car for enforcing physical distance rules


A Walmart security guard in southern Quebec was fighting for his life Sunday morning after being hit and dragged by a driver allegedly enraged by social distancing policies aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, local police said. .

Sherbrooke police, about 150 kilometers east of Montreal, said the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. When the suspect tried to enter Walmart with his partner on Saturday, he was told that only one person per vehicle was allowed to enter at a time.

Police spokesman Martin Carrier said the suspect would have become frustrated after leaving the store, causing an altercation in the parking lot.

“At one point, the frustrated customer fell directly on the employee with his vehicle, dragging him even over the hood for several meters,” said Carrier.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper was severely injured in the head during the incident and remained in critical condition on Sunday morning.

The couple left the scene but were then arrested at a nearby residence.

The 25-year-old suspect was scheduled to appear in court on Sunday, where he could be charged with assault with a vehicle, aggravated assault and a hit and run.

This Canadian Press report was first published on April 5, 2020


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