Date: Friday, September 10, 2021

Files: 21-37050, 21-37056

Victoria, BC – Two VicPD Patrol officers were sent to hospital this morning after they were assaulted during an apprehension, and a police-involved collision occurred downtown during the response to this incident.

Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning two VicPD officers attended a suite in a multi-unit residential building in the Jubilee neighbourhood of Victoria to investigate a man with reported mental health concerns who was making threats of violence. After speaking with the man, the officers attempted to apprehend him under the Mental Health Act and were both violently assaulted by the man. The officers deployed oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray and a conductive energy weapon while they were being assaulted. However, both were ineffective. Several other officers attended the scene and assisted in taking the man into custody. The man was transported to hospital for a mental health assessment and to be de-contaminated from OC spray.

The man will face multiple recommended charges of assaulting a police officer.

During the response to the incident a police vehicle collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Douglas and Fisgard streets. The police officer and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, a woman, was transported to hospital.

Northbound traffic on Douglas Street, between Fisgard Street and Pandora Avenue, was closed during the investigation. Traffic has since been re-opened in the area.

These files remains under investigation.

If you have information about these incidents and you have not spoken to investigators, please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.