Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Victoria, BC – A person in crisis was rescued from a rooftop by VicPD officers last night.
Just before 6:45 p.m., Patrol officers were called to a hotel in the 100-block of Douglas Street for a report that a person in crisis, armed with a baseball bat, had run to the top of the building and was on the roof. When they arrived, they located a person in crisis on the roof of the hotel.
Officers with the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), including Crisis Negotiators, were deployed alongside Patrol officers and Victoria Fire Department firefighters to help rescue the person. At several times during the incident the person in crisis positioned themselves at the rooftop ledge.
After several hours of negotiation, the person in crisis surrendered to officers and a Victoria Fire Department ladder truck was utilized to assist in bringing them down from the rooftop safely. They were apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to hospital.
No one was physically injured during the call.
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