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Lethbridge man exposed to COVID-19 charged with assault after coughing in officer's face, police say

A Lethbridge man who told police he'd been exposed to COVID-19 has been charged with assault after intentionally coughing in an officer's face, according to the southern Alberta city's police force.

Police were responding to a report of domestic assault at the time

A Lethbridge man faces a charge of assaulting a peace officer after police say he intentionally coughed in an officer's face during arrest. He said he'd been exposed to COVID-19 and hoped to infect the officer, according to police. (Sarah Lawrynuik/CBC)

A Lethbridge man who told police he'd been exposed to COVID-19 has been charged with assault after intentionally coughing in an officer's face, according to the southern Alberta city's police force.

On Thursday morning, police were called to reports of a domestic assault on the city's northside.

When officers arrived at the home, they found a 27-year-old man who was allegedly in breach of his bail conditions.

As the man was being arrested, he coughed in an officer's face "and told him he hoped he'd get infected," according to a release sent out Friday.

The suspect also told officers he'd been exposed to someone in quarantine, police said. 

Charges against the man include assaulting a peace officer and two counts of failing to comply with a release order.

Police have not named the accused, who is still in custody awaiting a bail hearing. 

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