Man arrested hours after barricading himself inside James Bay apartment in Victoria

Man arrested hours after barricading himself inside James Bay apartment in Victoria
Victoria police on Oswego Street after a man barricaded himself inside a James Bay apartment, leading to a standoff, on Dec. 23, 2019.

Victoria police arrested a man Monday morning hours after he barricaded himself inside a James Bay apartment.

Just before 10 p.m. on Sunday, VicPD officers were called to an apartment building in the 200-block of Oswego Street following a report of a disturbance.

Police said when officers arrived, several people who lived in the building told them a man had caused a series of disturbances in the building and was currently damaging a second-floor hallway. According to police, the officers went to the hallway where they were met by the man who became aggressive towards them.

Two officers approached the man and he reportedly began to fight with them. He then allegedly assaulted one of the officers. Police said the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The officers called for back-up. Police said the man broke free of the officers and went back to his suite, barricading himself inside. The other people in the apartment building were evacuated and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) was deployed to the scene.

Police said throughout the night, crisis negotiators attempted to resolve the situation. Negotiations failed and just before 4 a.m., GVERT officers entered the man’s suite. The man was taken into custody. He was transported to hospital for mental and physical health assessment. He is currently being held in custody.

All the other residents have returned to their apartments. The officer who was injured during the incident was able to complete their shift, police said.


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