Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022

File: 22-8997

Victoria, BC – Officers with the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) apprehended an armed man in crisis this afternoon.

Shortly after 10 a.m. this morning Patrol officers were called to a suite in a multi-unit temporary housing facility in the 1900-block of Douglas Street for a report of a man armed with a knife and threatening to kill himself.

Patrol officers responded and attempted to communicate with the man through the door to his suite. However, the man refused to surrender to police. GVERT, including Crisis Negotiators, attended and resumed negotiations for nearly four hours. Officers deployed a loud distraction device at one point during the incident.

At approximately 3 p.m. the man exited the suite and GVERT officers apprehended him under the Mental Health Act. A less-lethal ARWEN plastic round was deployed during the incident. The man was transported to hospital for a mental health assessment.

This file remains under investigation.