Kitchener Post staff
Police say an officer was injured while arresting a man for a series of incidents at local churches.
Officers were first called to a church on Charles Street East Sept. 24 at 6:47 a.m. Neighbours of the church reported hearing the sound of windows breaking, and police found a number of broken windows at the church. Police dogs were brought in to search the area but did not turn up a suspect.
At 8:30 a.m., police were called to another church, this one on Erb Street West in Waterloo. Again, broken windows were found, and witnesses reported seeing a man smash the windows with a hammer.
A police officer found a man matching the description of the suspect. She called out to the man, at which point police say the man attacked the officer, punching her several times. The officer then arrested the man at gunpoint, according to police.
The officer was taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries and later released.
Police investigation found broken windows at a third church, this one on Hazelglen drive. Police believed the same suspect was responsible for all three incidents.
Police say mental health issues likely contributed to the attacks, which they do not believe to be hate crimes. The suspect, who has no fixed address, is known to police. He was charged with three counts of mischief under $5,000 as well as assault with the intent to resist arrest.