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Two RCMP officers were injured Sunday following a tense and violent arrest in a Sidney home.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., Sidney/North Saanich RCMP officers went to a residence on Maryland Drive to execute an arrest warrant on a male suspect.

Once they arrived, the man quickly became uncooperative and assaulted one officer before moving inside the house and barricading himself and one other woman inside.

Members from Sidney/North Saanich RCMP, Saanich Police, RCMP Emergency Response Team, and Crisis Negotiation were called in to secure and assist the scene.

Shortly after, the situation changed rapidly and frontline officers decided to enter the home — partly to insure the safety of the woman — and successfully arrested the man.

A second officer was then injured during the arrest.

“Our frontline officers conducted a thorough risk assessment during this dynamic and unfolding event,” said Cst. Meighan de Pass, Media Relations Officer for the Sidney North Saanich RCMP.

“These calls are unpredictable and our officers remained flexible, responding in a way that ensured the safety of the subjects involved, and the surrounding community.”

The first officer to be injured by the suspect was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries, where he remains. The second officer did not require hospitalization and suffered minor injuries.

The man was held in custody overnight and is set to appear in court today where exact charges will be determined by the Crown.

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