A man was taken into police custody Friday night after barricading himself in a Vic West apartment building for more than five hours.
The Victoria and Saanich police departments joined forces on Jan. 10 to resolve an incident in Vic West involving a “man in crisis.”
@PeninsulaNews publisher, Dan Naftel, took this clip during the police incident in Vic West last night to show the heavy police presence. A man had barricaded himself in an apartment building but emergency crews were able to resolve the incident peacefully. The man is in custody. pic.twitter.com/KNrZiLc5lV
— Devon Bidal (@devonscarlett) January 11, 2020
VicPD patrol officers were called in around 6 p.m. to assist the Saanich Police Department in a search for the man. Officers located him in a residential building in the 00-block of Saghalie Road.
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) January 11, 2020
Residents were quickly evacuated because police said the man had made “concerning statements” and that his actions posed a threat to himself and to the other residents and officers.
The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiators, the Victoria Fire Department, Fortis BC, E-COmm dispatchers, BC Emergency Health Services paramedics and the apartment building’s managers assisted police in reducing risk and resolving the incident peacefully.
Just after 11 p.m., VicPD tweeted that the man had been taken into police custody and would be transported to hospital for assessment. Residents were allowed to return to the building shortly after.
The man was uninjured but police said he remains in hospital and the investigation is ongoing. Charges have not been laid.