Three West Shore RCMP officers were injured this week in two separate incidents.
The first incident occurred on December 17th, when officers were called to the 2700 block of Spencer Road in Langford, after receiving reports of a suspicious man trying door handles and looking into cars.
RCMP officers located the man who they say appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
When they told him he was being detained during their investigation, he became violent and began fighting with the officers.
During the arrest, the first two officers on scene were injured. The man was eventually taken into custody with the help of additional officers.
One of the injured officers underwent surgery to repair a broken hand while the other officer had a severely sprained hand, both are recovering at home.
According to police, the suspect was released on an undertaking once sober and must appear in court in the new year.
The second incident where a third officer was injured occurred on December 19th, at a home in Colwood.
Police said they responded to a 911 call from a woman in distress.
Arriving officers found a man in the home who was currently on court ordered conditions to not be in the presence of the women at the residence.
Police say the imposed conditions stemmed from a prior report of intimate partner violence.
The man began fighting with officers when they informed him he was being placed under arrested for breaching his conditions.
He was eventually taken into custody after additional officers arrived, however, one officer was injured after being hit in the head.
Police say the woman who called police was uninjured.
“The suspect was brought before the court and charged with 2 counts of breaching conditions, 1 count of resisting or obstructing a police officer and 1 count of assaulting a police officer,” West Shore RCMP said in a statement.
He was brought before the court and was remanded into custody until his next hearing on January 3rd, 2023.
“Police officers often encounter violent situations and put themselves at risk in the execution of their duties. Regardless of the risk, our police officers will show up when you call for help because they are dedicated individuals who work hard in keeping our community safe,” said Todd Preston, Superintendent in Charge of West Shore RCMP.
“We want to thank our officers for the work they do and we will continue to support them throughout their recovery.”