A VicPD officer was stabbed with a needle while trying to control a crowd that had gathered at the scene of a drug overdose in the 900 block of Mason Street Saturday night.
The incident took place at around 8:30 p.m., when officers were alerted by people in the area that a person was experiencing an overdose nearby.
Patrol officers located the unconscious person, who did not have a pulse and was not breathing. They immediately administered the nasal Naloxone to counteract the drug overdose and administered chest compressions.
Officers in the 900-block of Pandora Saturday were told a person was overdosing nearby. Officers were giving Naloxone & CPR when a crowd surrounded & tried to stop them. When more officers responded, one of them was stabbed with a needle. #yyj https://t.co/pgmiya480S pic.twitter.com/CRNGDVBFRF
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) March 14, 2023
While officers were performing CPR on the individual, VicPD said a crowd began gathering and tried to intervene and stop them from performing first aid.
Additional officers arrived and moved the crowd back. At that point, a man in the crowd stabbed one of the officers under an arm using a needle.
The suspect was disarmed and was taken into custody.He is facing two recommended charges of obstruction and assaulting a police officer with a weapon.
The officer was taken to hospital and treated for a non-life threatening wound.
The overdose victim regained a pulse and consciousness, but declined further medical treatment when paramedics arrived.