Saturday, June 22, 2024

Several VicPD officers assaulted during recent arrests


In the past two days, Victoria Police officers have had some dangerous encounters with individuals.

Yesterday, two officers were assaulted when trying to arrest a man in the 800-block of Cormorant Street. They received reports of two men fighting inside of a business, and as police officers arrived, one of the men was located walking away.

Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, and when they went to arrest the man, he became extremely violent, assaulting two officers in the process of the arrest.

Additional officers attended and were able to arrest the man safely.  One of the officer’s glasses were broken during the arrest.

Thankfully, the two officers that were assaulted were able to return to work.The man was not injured in the altercation.

The individual was identified as the subject of another serious altercation with VicPD members last year, when he was arrested for resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and breaching his probation. He is set to appear in court today.

2 Officers Injured in Second Arrest

Two officers were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after attempting to the arrest of a man morning.

VicPD attended the 500-block of Johnson Street at approximately 7:15 a.m., after the report of a break-and-enter in progress.  While officers were responding to the call, a description was provided of the suspect, and an officer located a man matching the description at Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue.

After a brief conversation, the suspect then assaulted one of the officers and attempted to assault the other. He then fled.

He was eventually stopped at Douglas and Yates streets where a taser was utilized in an attempt to arrest the man safely, but it was not successful.  After a brief struggle, the man was taken into custody.  Another officer was injured during this arrest.

The two officers that were injured suffered non-life threatening injuries and potentially will be off work for some time.  One officer remains in hospital.  The suspect, who was not injured, remains in custody.

Both incidents are mere examples of the dangers that officers face on a daily basis as they serve the citizens of Victoria and Esquimalt.

Alistair Ogden
Former staff writer at Victoria Buzz.

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