Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

File: 21-202653

Victoria, BC –A man has been taken into custody after an incident at a downtown Victoria church.

Patrol officers were called to a church in the 700-block of View Street just before 2:30 p.m. this afternoon after staff called 911 to report that a man had kicked open the church doors and was causing a disturbance.

Officers arrived and located the man who had armed himself with an improvised weapon. Officers discharged both OC spray and ARWEN less-lethal munitions in order to take the man into custody.

He was transported to hospital for mental health evaluation, decontamination from the OC spray, and to be medically assessed.

This incident remains under investigation. Further updates will be shared when they are available.

If you have information about this incident, please call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.