Q3 saw an unprecedented number of VicPD officers injured while responding to calls for service. Ten officers were assaulted over a three-week period, both on- and off-duty. The assaults ranged from an officer being struck by a vehicle, being attacked in Banfield Park and being assaulted off-duty while volunteering. The officers assaulted include officers from our Patrol Division, Community Services Division, Traffic section and Chief Manak. Chief Manak was not physically injured in the assault. Unfortunately for several of those hurt, their injuries are significant and they will be recovering for a significant period of time.
In addition to the assaults, VicPD officers responded to several significant files including a homicide, and an assault on a five year old boy. VicPD, in partnership with the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), arrested a 28 year old man for drug and weapons trafficking. A search warrant at a residence led to the seizure of replica firearms, shotgun and rifle ammunition, drugs, additional weapons, and nearly $10,000 in cash.
On September 12th, VicPD officers were called to the 3500-block of Douglas Street for a report of an armed man in crisis and making threats. While attending, officers learned of an additional report that the man had stolen from a nearby liquor store while armed. Officers engaged with the man until approximately 11 a.m. An interaction then occurred between VicPD officers and the armed man, and a VicPD officer shot the man. VicPD officers then immediately transitioned to provide emergency first aid to the man, while BC Emergency Health Services paramedics moved in to take over medical care. However, the man died of his injuries on scene.
VicPD conducted a campaign in support of the search for wanted man Johnathan Pocetti, who alleged rammed a Central Saanich Police Service vehicle during a traffic stop at a gas station, as well as attempting to ram and then assault pedestrians in James Bay while armed with a weapon. Pocetti was arrested by the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and VicPD’s Strike Force after a 12-day search.
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