‘Armed person in crisis’ leads to heavy police presence in Victoria

'Armed person in crisis' leads to heavy police presence in Victoria
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Victoria Police say officers were responding the the intersection at Pandora Ave. and Vancouver St.

Victoria Police an “armed person in crisis” led to a heavy police presence at the intersection of Pandora Avenue and Vancouver Street on Sunday night.

Police say they were called to the intersection at around 6:15 p.m. for a report of a person armed with a knife.

Ben Balderson, a witness, says police were responding to the area near McDonald’s on Pandora Avenue.

“Callers reported that, in addition to making concerning remarks to passersby, the person was stabbing the ground with the knife,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, along with crisis negotiators, responded and “began to work to build trust with the person to help resolve the incident safely.”

Surrounding roads were closed to traffic as officers attempted to work with the person. VicPD tweeted the situation was resolved around 1:30 a.m., and the person was connected with resources.

Balderson later tweeted that he could not see a weapon with the person who appeared to be the focus of the police response.

No arrests were made in the incident and police say nobody suffered any injuries.


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