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A VicPD officer was assaulted in the line of duty on Tuesday when he came to the aid of a youth during a mental health crisis.

According to police, the man was running into traffic in an attempt to cause harm to himself.

When officers arrived, they found the youth who appeared to be impaired by drugs.

Officers were able to de-escalate him and safely remove him from the roadway. Paramedics arrived to transport him to hospital, and an officer rode with the youth to the hospital.

At the hospital, the youth’s condition began to further deteriorate due to the negative effects of drug intoxication.

Paramedics administered naloxone to the youth who then began to recover.

The youth soon became aggressive with hospital staff, paramedics, and officers, attempting to spit on an officer and kick another in the face.

Without injury, the youth was brought under control.

The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was treated at hospital, and finished his shift.

The youth was held in hospital under the Mental Health Act and the file still remains under investigation.

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