A VicPD officer sustained non-life threatening injuries after intervening in a situation in which a woman tried to prevent paramedics from providing medical care.

At around 7:50 p.m., VicPD received a call to the 900-block of Pandora Avenue to assist paramedics while they attempted to provide medical care for an individual suffering from an opioid overdose. 

Police say that during the paramedics attempts to save this individual, a group of bystanders tried to stop them.

According to police, a woman stepped out from this crowd of bystanders, pushed a paramedic aside and was standing over their patient.

The woman was grabbed by a police officer and removed from the situation so paramedics could continue their work.

Police say they tried to speak with this woman to find out her intentions in stopping the paramedics from providing medical care in an effort to de-escalate the situation.

She then attempted to move toward the paramedics and their patient again so the intervening officer walked her to the corner of Quadra Street and Pandora Avenue.

According to police, the woman then attacked the police officer by striking him in the face which knocked his glasses off. 

Police say she was taken down to the ground and held until additional officers could assist in her apprehension. 

The officer who was struck broke his glasses but he was able to finish his shift.

The woman was taken into custody, processed and released with a future court date. Police say she wasn’t injured in the altercation. 

The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the assault and his glasses were damaged, but he was able to complete his shift. 

The woman was transported to VicPD cells and then released with a future court date. VicPD says she was not injured.

The person who paramedics were trying to save was successfully revived.

Police say this incident remains under investigation.Anyone who witnessed, or has video of this incident should call VicPD at (250) 995-7654.


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