Police use taser, bean bag round during standoff in Saanich

Police use taser, bean bag round during standoff in Saanich
Matthew Dawson

A man who was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute was arrested after police deployed a taser and a bean bag round during a standoff in Saanich on Tuesday evening.

Police say the incident began around 7:40 p.m. when officers were called to a home on Gorge Road West for a report of a domestic dispute.

By the time officers arrived, the man who was reportedly involved in the dispute had already left the home.

Police say the man was later located in his car in the Royal Oak area. However, when officers approached him he drove away at a “high rate of speed.”

“We did not pursue, and instead chose to try and locate him by other means,” said Saanich Police in a release Wednesday.

Several hours later, at approximately 10:25 p.m., police were told that the man had returned to the home on Gorge Road West.

Officers went to the home and found the man inside his vehicle. This time, police surrounded the car so the man could not drive away, but he refused to exit his vehicle.

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Shortly after, the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) was called in. While they were en route, Saanich police say the man pulled out a knife and threatened to harm the officers who were present.

He exited his vehicle, at which police fired a “single bean bag round” at the man, who then returned to his car.

GVERT officers later arrived and used a taser to take the man into custody, according to Saanich police. The suspect was taken to hospital for an assessment.

“Thankfully, no one received significant injuries as a result of this incident,” said Saanich police.

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