Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Victoria, BC – VicPD officers and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), including Crisis Negotiators, apprehended a man this evening after an hours-long barricade incident in Victoria.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, VicPD officers attended to an apartment in the 2500-block of Quadra Street for a report of a man in a mental health crisis who was reported to be at risk of becoming violent. The man refused to communicate with officers and barricaded himself inside a suite at that location. The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), including Crisis Negotiators, were deployed to the scene and worked for several hours to the negotiate a surrender with the man. However, the man refused to communicate with police.
After several hours of attempted negotiations, GVERT officers deployed a loud distraction device and irritant gas into the suite. The man refused to comply with police direction and encountered officers with improvised weapons. Officers deployed Arwen less-lethal plastic projectiles. However, the man refused to surrender.
After continued efforts by GVERT, the man was taken into custody while physically resisting apprehension. He was taken into police custody shortly after 7 p.m. Officers transported the man to hospital to receive medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and a mental health assessment.
This file remains under investigation.
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