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VicPD arrested a man who assaulted two officers following an incident in downtown Victoria this morning.

Shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday morning, officers were investigating a report of an escalating threat of violence due to a mental health concern at a multi-unit residential building in the Jubilee neighbourhood.

Officers spoke to the man and attempted to apprehend him under the Mental Health Act at which point the officers were violently assaulted by the man.

In response, officers deployed both pepper-spray and a taser gun during the assault – both were ineffective.

Several officers attended the scene and assisted in the arrest of the man.

VicPD said that the man was transported to hospital for a mental health assessment and to be decontaminated from the pepper spray.

He will now face multiple recommended charges of assaulting a police officer.

Another officer responding to the scene was involved in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Douglas and Fisgard streets.

The police officer and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but the driver was transported to hospital.

Northbound traffic on Douglas Street, between Fisgard Street and Pandora Avenue, was closed during the investigation.

Traffic has since reopened.

VicPD is asking for information on either of these incidents to call them at (250) 995-7654.

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