Victoria police made several arrests over the B.C. Day long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Multiple Victoria officers injured during violent incidents, including mental health calls over long weekend

Police deploy pepper spray, conducted energy weapon while arresting suspect

Several Victoria police officers were injured during calls over the long weekend, with one incident involving the use of pepper spray and a conducted energy weapon.

The Victoria Police Department issued a press release on Tuesday detailing three separate violent incidents.

On Monday, Aug. 3, multiple police arrived at a scene where a man was reportedly using a metal pole to break a bus stop shelter window near Quadra Street and Hillside Avenue.

When police moved in to make an arrest, the man reportedly began to fight with them, assaulting three officers before police deployed pepper spray, which was not effective. He was eventually taken into custody after police used a conducted energy weapon and received non-life-threatening injuries.

He faces recommended charges of assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and mischief. The three assaulted officers received non-life-threatening injuries, police say, and were able to complete their shifts.

READ ALSO: B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

On Aug. 1 around 7:30 p.m. police were called with reports that a woman was in crisis and causing harm to herself in the 2400-block of Douglas Street.

The woman spat in the face of an officer while they were taking her into protective custody under the Mental Health Act. The woman was arrested for two counts of assaulting a peace officer and one count of obstructing a peace officer.

VicPD said the officers involved in the incident are required to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and follow up as required.

On July 31, police were called to a temporary housing facility on Gorge Road East for a report that a woman was being verbally and physically aggressive. When patrol officers arrived, the women reportedly continued to be aggressive and refused to leave the area.

VicPD arrested her, but say that once she was inside the police car, she kicked an arresting officer. The officer was able to complete her shift and the woman was transported to cells. She faces recommended charges of assaulting a peace officer, mischief and possession of a controlled substance.

READ ALSO: B.C. to review Police Act amid growing calls to defund police


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

assaultVicPDVictoria Police Department

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

Oak Bay sailor stranded in U.S. hospital after suffering massive stroke at sea

Glenn Wakefield’s rescue involved five airplanes and took more than 48 hours

UPDATED: Man dies from injuries at Custom House construction site in Victoria

Government Street remains closed as investigation continues

Netflix, Warner Bros filming 10-part series in Colwood

Filming takes place now until March 2021

Saanich explores options for adding shelters to parks

Covered areas would encourage safe outdoor socializing during rainy season

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Majority needed to pass COVID-19 budget, B.C. premier says

John Horgan pushes urgent care centres in first campaign stop

Most Read