Sooke RCMP are still trying to piece together exactly what led up to a wild brawl on a residential street Friday.
Police say 10 people were involved in the fight, with weapons including metal pipes, baseball bats, bear spray and brass knuckles all being used.
The mayhem appears to have followed from a tenancy dispute over a house on Ayre Road. Some of the people at the center told their wildly different versions to CHEK News, but neighbours just want the problems plaguing their street to stop.
“This is not appropriate for this neighbourhood,” said Shayna Cool, who lives next door to the house at the centre of the fight. “We have Ayre Manor down the road, it’s all senior citizens, this is a quiet family street, or was.”
Paul Flatman and Brittany Dalley live in the house where the fight broke out. They admit they haven’t been paying rent, they say in protest because the owner hasn’t done promised clean-up and repair work for damage done and garbage left by previous tenants.
Flatman and Dalley claim they were the victims in a forceful effort to evict them and fought back, joined by friends who heard the commotion and came to their aid.
Kevin Hay paints a different picture. He says he has an agreement with the owner to rent and repair the house, and when the two of them came with Hay’s son to tell the couple they had to go, he found himself on the receiving end of blows.
“Its hard to figure out how just how this went so drastically south,” said Sooke RCMP detachment commander S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur
Police are still sorting out the different stories, but McArthur says when they officers arrived, they found 10 people involved and weapons strewn about, including a hammer, ax, brass knuckles, knives and bear spray. Police hope more witnesses could come forward to help unravel who did what, and where all the weapons came from.
McArthur says four of the people involved the fight were taken to hospital, all were treated and released. And he says nine of the 10 people involved in the brawl are expected to face charges, ranging from assault to possession of a prohibited weapon.
“It was just one strange altercation that really got out of hand.”