Two Victoria Police officers suffered non-life threatening injuries on Sunday as they arrested a manic and violent man in the downtown area.
At approximately 6:00 a.m., VicPD received reports of a man acting erratically at the intersection of Blanshard Street and Burdett Avenue.
According to a caller, the man was jumping on vehicles and had attempted to enter a nearby City of Victoria Public Works vehicle.
When police arrived at the scene, the man immediately attempted to climb onto the officer’s patrol vehicle.
The officers then exited their cruiser and tried to calm the man down using police Crisis Intervention and De-escalation techniques. The de-escalation methods proved unsuccessful, however, and the man began fighting with police.
The officers then worked to arrest him and deployed a taser, which proved to be ineffective.
Eventually, the officers were able to physically arrest the man and took him into custody. During the struggle, both officers sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The man was taken to hospital and held for treatment for mental health concerns. He was not injured during the incident.
Both officers have since returned to duty.