Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020

File: 20-35354

Victoria, BC – Two Patrol officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when they were assaulted with a weapon early this morning during the arrest of a violent man.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. this morning Patrol officers stopped two men in the 2900-block of Douglas Street. One of the men was in breach of a court-ordered curfew, stemming from previous charges of assault with a weapon, break and enter, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Officers advised the man that he was under arrest for breaching his curfew. The man attacked the officers, spraying them both in the face with bear spray. After a prolonged struggle the officers successfully took the man into custody.

During the arrest, the second man threw a glass bottle at the officers, which narrowly missed and broke on a nearby wall. The second man then fled the scene. Patrol officers continue to work to identify and locate him.

The first man was transported to cells and faces recommended charges including two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, and one count of resisting arrest.

Both officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and received medical attention at the scene from BC Emergency Health Services paramedics. The officers were unable to complete their shifts.

If you have information about this incident please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 and select option 1 for the Report Desk. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.