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Calgary men charged in Lethbridge police assault

A police officer in Lethbridge, Alta., who suffered serious head injuries while trying to arrest two men has been released from hospital.

A police officer in Lethbridge, Alta., who suffered serious head injuries while trying to arrest two men has been released from hospital.

Lethbridge police say Const. Norman Smith is now recovering at home.

Smith had a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a broken nose and lacerations and was taken to Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Wednesday.

The police service said it wants to thank the community for its support and well wishes for Smith.

They say they are especially grateful to a father and son who stopped after noticing Smith was injured and stayed with him until help arrived, and a taxi driver who told police which way one of the suspects had fled.

Chief Tom McKenzie said it's reassuring to know that officers can count on citizens to help out in difficult situations.

On Wednesday, Smith saw two males who matched the description of people involved in a disturbance call. One male ran away, but came back while Smith was arresting the other man.

Both men attacked Smith and then fled, but were subsequently arrested.

Raymond Joshua Asham, 20, of Calgary, is charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and escape lawful custody.

Aaron Head, 24, of Calgary, is charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and accessory to escape lawful custody.

Both men made their first court appearance Friday and were remanded in custody.

They will return to court March 1.

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