Victoria BC – Officers are recommending several charges against separate people after three incidents in the last two weeks where officers received injuries. These incidents outline the dangers our officers face on a daily basis while policing in Victoria and Esquimalt.
Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on January 18th , officers stopped a man after a disturbance at the corner of Douglas and Yates streets. The man initially obstructed officers in their investigation so officers attempted to place the man under arrest. During that process, the man became violent and a struggle ensued. Officers were able to call for assistance and the man was eventually placed into custody. When officers were searching the man, they located a knife and it was determined that he had been attempting to retrieve the knife from his waistband during the altercation with officers but failed because the handle broke. During the arrest, both of our officers suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Due to the mans injuries, the IIO was notified.
Officers are recommending several charges including:
- 3 Counts of Assaulting a Police Officer;
- 2 Counts of Carrying a Concealed Weapon;
- 1 Count of Possession of a Weapon for A Dangerous Purpose;
- 1 Count of Resisting or Obstructing Peace Officer; and
- 1 Count of Failure to Comply with Conditions.
On January 24th, officers were called to the 700-block of Johnson Street for the report of a man refusing to leave. Upon arrival of our officer, the man was spoken with and was not cooperating with verbal commands. During the course of the interaction, the man began to struggle with the officer. The officer was able to deploy OC Spray (Olioresin Capsicum Spray) and with the help of additional officers, the man was taken into custody. The officer was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries. Officers are recommending charges of Assault of a Police Officer and Fail to Comply with Recognizance.
In a separate incident on January 28th, officers were called to deal with a man who was refusing to leave a business in the 1700-block of Hillside Avenue. Officers attended and in the process of the dealing with the man, he spat on the officers, leaving one with non-life threatening injuries. That officer was treated at hospital and the investigation is ongoing.