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West Shore RCMP release details on police incident in downtown Victoria


Some thought they were walking into a movie set during a police take down in downtown Victoria Friday afternoon that saw one man arrested.

According a witness who asked to remain anonymous, at around 12:30 p.m. Friday January 13th,  the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) executed the planned take down on Belleville Street near Douglas Street.

The witness said a white van belonging to GVERT quickly boxed a grey Jaguar by rear-ending the vehicle as officers exited the van and detonated what appeared to be a flash bang.

The witness said the officers approached the vehicle with guns drawn before smashing the windows of the vehicle and pulling the suspect out of the car.

It turns out the incident began in the West Shore as part of an ongoing investigation.

In an email statement, Cpl. Nancy Saggar of West Shore RCMP told Victoria Buzz one man was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance in relation to an investigation lead by their Drugs and Organized Crime Unit.

Due to the suspect being located in the Victoria area, West Shore RCMP utilized the assistance of GVERT.

“The investigation is ongoing, I am unable to provide more detail. Once the investigation progresses more, I hope to publish a media release with more information,”said Saggar.


Victoria Buzz Staff
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