(Nicole Bentham / Victoria Buzz)

One man is dead following an officer-involved shooting near Mayfair Shopping Centre this morning.

Just before 10 a.m. on Sunday, Saanich Police responded to the 3500-block of Douglas Street for reports of an armed man who was said to be in crisis, and was also making threats.

While on scene, police were informed that the man had just stolen from a liquor store at Uptown Shopping Centre, where he had held a knife to his own throat before exiting the business.

VicPD officers were sent to assist with the incident at Douglas Street and Tolmie Avenue, given it was near their jurisdiction.

Officers on scene attempted to de-escalate the situation with the man until around 11 a.m., when an altercation occurred.

This resulted in a VicPD officer eventually shooting the armed man.

Officers on scene immediately attempted to provide emergency first aid to the man while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

Despite this, the man died of his injuries on scene.

No officers were physically injured in the incident, and the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) will be conducting an independent investigation.

Anyone has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the IIO at 1-855-446-8477.

Warning the photo below contains graphic images:

 

(Skip Dilly)

Chief Del Manak of the Victoria Police released this statement following the incident:

 

 

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