Still unclear whether incident that left B.C. minister injured was intentional: VicPD

Still unclear whether incident that left B.C. minister injured was intentional: VicPD

Investigators in Victoria say they’ve found no evidence that an incident in which the province’s forest minister was knocked to the ground near the B.C. Legislature is related to her role in government.

The update comes as police continue to seek information and a Good Samaritan who helped Katrine Conroy during or after the Dec. 7 incident.

Conroy was knocked down by an unknown person in the area of Ontario and Oswego streets, suffering injuries that sent her to hospital, between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

Conroy suffered minor injuries including cuts, bruises and possible fractures to her hands. Victoria police were notified of the incident the following day and a report was filed.

On Tuesday, police said they were still gathering and reviewing video evidence of the area and continue to look for witnesses, including the Good Samaritan.

While some have suggested that Conroy may have been attacked by protesters in opposition to old-growth logging, police say so far, there is nothing linking the attack to her file.

“Investigators are still working to determine whether the incident involved a criminal motive or was an unfortunate accident,” police said in a statement. “To date, investigators have found no evidence to suggest that this incident is related to the Minster’s role in Government.”

Police also noted that Conroy’s glasses were lost in the incident, and are asking anyone who found eyeglasses in the area in the past week to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to call Victoria police at 250-995-7654 extension 1 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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