One man is in custody and another is still at large after two officers were allegedly bear-sprayed in the face in the early hours Thursday.
According to Victoria Police, two officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when they were assaulted during the arrest of a violent man shortly before 5:30 a.m. this morning.
VicPD said the officers stopped two men in the 2900-block of Douglas Street. According to police, one of the men was in breach of a court-ordered curfew, stemming from previous charges of assault with a weapon, break and enter, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
The man bear-sprayed both officers in the face when he was informed he was under arrest. After a prolonged struggle, the officers successfully took the man into custody.
During the arrest, the second man threw a glass bottle at the officers, which narrowly missed and broke on a nearby wall. He then fled the scene investigators are still working to identify and locate him.
The first man was transported to cells and faces several charges, including two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, and one count of resisting arrest.
Both officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries but were unable to complete their shifts.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.