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VicPD arrested an armed man Friday morning after he barricaded himself inside a multi-unit residential building and threatened to light it on fire.

Shortly after 3 a.m. on April 22nd, officers responded to a report that a man was breaching court-ordered conditions in the area of Hillside Avenue and Quadra Street. 

The man had previously been arrested for charges including assault causing bodily harm and had been released by the court pending trial with conditions that barred him from certain areas. 

Officers arrived to the area and located the man in a multi-unit residential building in the 2800-block of Fifth Street.

The man had barricaded himself in a suite in the building. 

Police said the suspect was alone, armed with a knife and indicated he was in possession of gasoline and allegedly threatened to set fire to the building. 

VicPD officers, GVERT, Crisis Negotiators, Victoria Fire Department firefighters and paramedics responded and evacuated the residents from the building. 

Crisis Negotiators worked for several hours to get the man to surrender himself to police safely. 

Just after 7 a.m., in response to threats of the building being set on fire, GVERT officers used a series of non-lethal tools including noise devices and chemical irritants. 

The armed man exited the suite and officers deployed an ARWEN less-lethal round, disarmed him and took him into custody. 

The man was cleared medically on scene and was returned to cells where he is currently being held.

Evacuated residents were allowed to return home. Officers are thanking them for their patience during the high-risk incident. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident that has not yet spoken with officers is asked to contact the VicPD at (250) 995-7654.

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