Two men have been held in connection with the assault of a senior Department of Environment conservation officer who suffered a head injury on Tuesday during an arrest in East End.

They have since been bailed.

According to a DoE statement, the officer was injured in the Gun Bay area of East End. He was apprehending two suspects at the time.

DoE Deputy Director Scott Slaybaugh said in the statement on Wednesday that two men were on board a small boat in East End when the DoE officer arrested them on suspicion of taking conch over the lawful limit and taking conch within a marine-protected area.

He said during the incident, both suspects attempted to evade arrest and became combative toward conservation officers.

A DoE conservation officer involved in the arrest, Slaybaugh said, deployed pepper spray during the altercation to subdue the suspects and protect fellow officers from being injured.

Police responded to the scene and assisted DoE officers.

The men were taken to the detention centre where they were processed and later released on police bail.

“We appreciate the quick response of the RCIPS officers and the emergency medical services during Tuesday’s incident,” Slaybaugh said.

The injured DoE officer was treated at the Cayman Islands hospital Tuesday and later released.