Police used one of their cruisers to block the front door of the restaurant Image: Amber Parent‎

A 22-year-old man is facing several charges after a five-hour standoff Wednesday with police in the Tim Horton’s on Gorge Road East.

Victoria police responded to a call from staff at the restaurant around 2:30 p.m., wanting a man out of the business, but he was refusing to leave the bathroom.

When police arrived, they were confronted by an agitated man holding a weapon who attempted to injure the attending officers. The man, who was still in the bathroom, refused to come out for police.

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Two negotiators from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team were unable to coax the man out.

The lengthy standoff came to an end just after 7:30 p.m. after the use of pepper spray and what witnesses describe as rubber bullets. Several witnesses say police also used rubber bullets to get him out.

Police are recommending charges of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, mischief, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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