Victoria police have arrested a man for murder after a 70-year-old man he allegedly attacked died from his injuries.
On March 6, Victoria Police were called out to an assault that happened in the 400-block of Chester Avenue.
When they arrived, they found a 70-year-old man with life-threatening injuries. He was transported to hospital where he died nine days later as a result of his injuries.
Initially, the suspect was arrested for aggravated assault. However, after detectives received information about the victim’s death, they re-arrested the same man for murder.
Michael King was taken into police custody yesterday. Police say no further comment can be given at this time as the matter is now before the courts.
The site of the incident was also the scene of a HAZMAT quarantine that shut down part of the Cook Street Village for several hours.
During the initial call back in March, officers at the scene noticed what they considered to be potentially hazardous materials inside the residence.
In response, police established a safety perimeter, closing off part of the street and calling out specialized hazardous material teams from the Capital Regional District and the RCMP.
After a few hours, crews determined that the material was not a risk to the public and reopened the street.
UPDATE | The potential HAZMAT site officers located in the 400-block of Chester Ave while searching for an assault suspect Monday has been cleared after specialized @VictoriaFire730, @crd_bc HAZMAT & @BCRCMP teams determined it was not a danger. https://t.co/vX5MzdKJvf #YYJ pic.twitter.com/quw1OCpcNK
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) March 8, 2023