Victoria, BC – One officer is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after two officers were assaulted in overnight incidents.
In the first incident, officers were called to the 800-block of Wharf Street just after 10:00 p.m. last night for a report of a person camping on illegal property. Two officers approached the camper, a young woman, and offered a warm ride to either a shelter or one of several locations where camping is legally permitted. The woman then attacked both officers without warning, assaulting one of them. She was taken into custody without further incident and transported to cells. The officer assaulted in this incident was not injured.
In the second incident, officers were called to a business in the 1200-block of Douglas Street just after 2:30 a.m. for a report of a fight involving several individuals. The first officer arrived on scene to discover an active altercation taking place. As this first officer began to intervene, a young woman involved in the incident attacked and assaulted the officer. A struggle ensued in which the officer was assaulted and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was able to take the young woman into custody. Other officers arrived on scene, broke up the altercation, and took several people into custody. The injured officer was taken to hospital and treated. No one else was injured in the incident. This incident remains under investigation but officers are recommending charges against the woman for assaulting a police officer and assault causing bodily harm.