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Police in southern Alberta have charged a 27-year-old man with assaulting a peace officer after he allegedly coughed in their face.

Investigators say it happened Thursday evening in Lethbridge, Alta., after police responded to a domestic assault.

They say he was taken into custody and, during the arrest, coughed directly into the officer’s face.

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Police allege the man told the officer he hoped he would get infected and admitted he’d been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

The man’s name has not been released.

Police say he remains in custody for the assault charge and two counts of failing to comply with a release order.

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