(VicPD / Jay Wallace Images)

VicPD are looking for witnesses who may have video to come forward after a man was stabbed in the chest this afternoon.

According to police, the incident occurred around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Rock Bay Avenue and Gorge Road East.

Police received reports that a man was being attacked by another person with a knife.

The victim said he was outside of his home when a stranger approached him and demanded a cigarette.

When the he said “no”, the man stabbed him in the chest.

Police said the victim fled from his attacker, who continued to follow him.

A witness who saw the attack called 911 and warned the suspect he was on the phone with police which helped thwart a further assault.

The victim was able to capture a photo of the suspect before he fled the area which helped police locate the man a short time later.

When officers approached him, the man first turned away from them and began reaching into his waist area.

As police told him he was under arrest, the suspect spun back towards them and brandished a knife.

He raised the knife above his head and began yelling at officers, according to VicPD.

One of the officers drew his duty pistol while another discharged his taser on the man, causing him to drop the knife and fall to the ground.

The suspect was arrested and the knife was seized.

The victim suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to the chest as well as other injuries during his escape from his attacker.

Police said he declined further medical treatment.

“As is standard practice anytime a CEW is deployed, the suspect was transported to hospital for evaluation,” said VicPD in a statement.

“He was treated and released from hospital and transported to VicPD cells where he is being held for morning court.”

Several people were seen filming the arrest in a heavily populated area and investigators are asking anyone with video of the incident and/or the arrest to call VicPD at (250) 995-7654.

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