(Gyro Park/ Photo by Gary Quinn)

A 35-year-old man has been taken into custody after assaulting a Saanich Police officer, leaving them injured.

At around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1st, police attended Gyro Park following reports of an extremely intoxicated man yelling at people.

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The first officer to arrive on scene started talking to the man who then became confrontational and unexpectedly punched the officer.

Seeing the man become increasingly aggressive, the officer called for backup, in which time the suspect kicked and threatened the officer.

Soon after, backup police from Saanich and Oak Bay arrived at Gyro Park and took the man into custody.

The first attending officer was left with injuries that will cause him to miss subsequent shifts as per doctor’s orders.

“This call is a reminder of the unpredictability our officers face in policing. We will
ensure our member receives the appropriate resources for his recovery,” stated
D/Sgt. Kowalewich.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in court today and is facing charges of Assaulting a Peace Officer and Uttering Threats.