Barriere RCMP respond to assault involving bear spray


2023-05-09 14:54 PDT

File # 2023-279

On March 30th, 2023, at approximately 8:53 a.m., the Barriere RCMP were called to the area of Summer Road and Deejay Road in Barriere following a report of an assault.

Upon arrival, officers confirmed a family was driving away from their home at the Deejay Trailer Park when a verbal altercation took place between them and another resident. The victims continued to exit the park, but the other resident followed them in his vehicle to Summer Road.

It is alleged the resident exited his vehicle and deployed bear spray into the neighbour’s car, while the couple’s 5-year-old daughter was also inside. Despite their pleas to stop, citing the child’s presence, the accused reportedly continued to spray inside their vehicle.

A physical altercation ensued between all parties. All four individuals sustained injuries from bear spray exposure.

The accused, William Siddall, a 71-year-old, Barriere, BC, resident, has been charged with three counts of Assault with a Weapon.

The use of bear spray in this instance led to the hospitalization of all four involved. Of particular concern is the fact that a 6-year-old child was directly exposed, says Cpl. Kyle Camalush, Barriere RCMP Commander. I would like to remind the community that bear spray is considered a prohibited weapon when used against a human. Its use can create a number of life-altering health complications, which could consequently lead to Aggravated Assault charges.

Released by:

Cpl. James Grandy
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
Office: 250-460-2398


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