Date: Monday, June 14, 2021

File: 21-23292

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers, working with the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), arrested a woman after she attacked a man with a hammer in Victoria yesterday evening.

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13th, Patrol officers were called to a supportive housing facility in the 800-block of Johnson Street for a report that a woman attacked a man with a hammer. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the assault, and the suspect barricaded herself within a suite at that location.

Officers attended and worked to negotiate a surrender with the suspect. The woman refused to communicate with officers so GVERT, including the team’s Crisis Negotiators, were called to the scene.

After several hours of attempted negotiations, GVERT officers deployed several loud distraction devices. At approximately 9:30 p.m., the suspect exited the suite and refused to comply with police direction. Officers deployed ARWEN less-lethal munitions and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The woman was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and a mental health assessment. Once medically cleared, officers released the woman with a court date and conditions. She faces recommended charges of assault with a weapon.

This file remains under investigation.

If you have any information about this incident and have not spoken with investigators, 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.