Residents warned to ‘not approach’ man accused of injuring Burlington cop

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Published August 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm

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Halton Regional Police have released a new photo of man wanted on multiple charges after a police officer was seriously injured during a traffic stop in Burlington last month.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Matthew Flannigan (pictured below), but are warning residents to stay away from him.

“If seen, do not approach Flannigan and contact police immediately,” said Halton police in a news release on Friday (Aug. 4).

A Warrant has been issued for Flannigan on charges of possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking, assaulting a peace officer causing bodily harm, flight from a peace officer and dangerous operation.

The incident occurred during a traffic stop conducted by an HRPS officer on Plains Rd. E. in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 22,

During his investigation, the Halton officer formed grounds to arrest the 31-year-old man on drug charges.

“A violent struggle with (the man) ensued, resulting in the officer sustaining serious, but non-life-threatening injuries,” said police.

Police say he fled the area at a high rate of speed. Flannigan was last seen driving a blue 2021 Honda CRV with a licence plate number of CVFS 405.

The officer was transported to hospital and has since been released.

Flannigan is described as a white male who is five-foot-nine inches tall and has brown braided hair.

Anyone with information about Flannigan’s whereabouts is requested to call 9-1-1.

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