UPDATED -- Sooke man charged after second altercation with Mounties

UPDATED — Sooke man charged after second altercation with Mounties

21-year-old James Daniel Tierney received a suspended sentence and 18 months probation.

  • Jan. 23, 2017 6:00 p.m.

A Sooke man was sentenced in Colwood Provincial Court today in relation to two separate incidents in Sooke where two police officers were attacked and a man was punched in the face.

James Daniel Tierney, 21, pled guilty on Thursday to two counts of assaulting a peace officer, one count of assault and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Two counts of uttering threats and one count of breach of undertaking were stayed.

He received a suspended sentence and 18 months probation, Sooke RCMP say.

On Friday, Tierney was arrested after he injured two police officers, two days after being arrested in an altercation on a B.C. Transit bus.

Officers were called to a restaurant at Sooke and Otter Point roads at 9:30 p.m. after an off-duty officer noticed the man drinking alcohol.

The man was prohibited from drinking alcohol by a court order stemming from a previous incident where he allegedly assaulted a passenger on the bus, tried to flee and got hit by a passing vehicle.

Upon arriving, officers removed the man from the restaurant, however once at the police car, he head-butted one officer in the face, and in the jail cells, kicked another officer in the thigh and threatened to kill him, said Sooke RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

Two days prior, police were called to the 5100 block of Sooke Road, after the 21-year-old man and his 23-year-old girlfriend, both Sooke residents, spat at and punched a male passenger.

Sooke RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes said while the bus driver pulled over near 17 Mile Pub and phoned police, another passenger removed both suspects from the bus, at which point the male suspect ran across Sooke Road and was struck by a passing vehicle.

Holmes noted the suspect was not injured, and when he was returned to the cells from the hospital, he was still “aggressive and unsafe for release.”

The woman was later released, but also faces assault charges.

Before both incidents, Tierney was caught carrying a large knife on January 6 at McDonald’s in Sooke.

Both suspects are known to police.