DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A retired Dawson Creek RCMP officer facing several charges, including assault, saw his case halted by Crown Counsel in court on Tuesday.

After receiving further information about Christopher Gallant’s offences, the prosecutor issued a stay of proceedings, said the BC Prosecution Service.

“After considering this information and the other investigative materials provided by the police, the prosecutor concluded the charge assessment standard could no longer be met.  In these circumstances, a stay of proceedings is the appropriate course of action,” said a BC Prosecution Service statement.

Gallant faced several charges, including two counts of assault, attempting to choke to overcome resistance, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, and attempting to pervert, defeat or obstruct justice. The charges were laid while Gallant was still with the detachment in March 2020.

Gallant is no longer with the detachment after retiring in April of this year, according to Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, senior media relations officer with the BC RCMP.

“Given this matter is now before the court, I must reserve my comments accordingly but can confirm the charges relate to incidents which occurred while off-duty and are unrelated to this role as a police officer,” said Shoihet.