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An off-duty VicPD officer was attacked while volunteering in Victoria yesterday.

The incident occurred on Monday, September 13th, at around 12:30 p.m., in the 500-block of David Street.

The off-duty officer was volunteering her time to walk a dog when she was randomly approached by an unknown woman who was agitated and acting erratically.

According to police, the woman was accusing the officer of stealing the dog she was walking and then began physically attacking her.

“A struggle ensued that went to the ground and the suspect struck the officer several times, including violently kicking the officer several times while she was on the ground,” VicPD said in a statement.

“The officer did not require medical treatment at the scene. She was off-duty and recovering from a life-altering injury sustained nearly two years ago after being assaulted by a suspect during a different police incident,” VicPD said.

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The suspect fled the area but was located by VicPD officers a short distance from the scene.

She was transported to VicPD cells where she was later released with a court date and conditions. VicPD are recommending assault charges.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 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.

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