Suspect throws gasoline at Mountie prior to Leduc arrest

A man who threw gasoline at an RCMP officer prior to his arrest is facing assault and uttering threat charges, Mounties said Tuesday.

The 20-year-old from Calmar was arrested Monday in Leduc County following reports of a break and enter.

Police said when they located and approached the man he began uttering threats at an officer “while throwing gasoline at the member and throughout the building structure,” a news release said.

After a brief altercation the man was arrested. The building was damaged by the resulting fire.

“We are very thankful no one was seriously injured,” Leduc RCMP Const. Bridget Morla said in a news release.

Brian Austin Wurtz is facing charges of assault, uttering threats, two counts of break and enter, arson, resist arrest and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

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