One person was arrested following a stabbing and assault in downtown Victoria on Saturday morning, say police.
Multiple police vehicles and ambulances responded to the intersection of Broad Street and Johnson Street at 8:10 a.m. after a person was found “bleeding heavily” following a fight, according to the Victoria Police Department.
The victim, police say, had been stabbed and that responding officers provided emergency first aid before paramedics arrived on the scene.
Johnson Street between Douglas and Government streets as well as a section of Broad Street between Pandora and Yates was blocked off while police conducted an investigation into the incident. A pile of clothes and a bike could be seen on Broad Street, which was blocked off with police tape.
A short time after officers responded to the scene, VicPD says officers located the suspect in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue and that while they were taking the suspect into custody, the suspect headbutted one of the officers, resulting in the officer suffering a non-life-threatening injury.
VicPD says the suspect was eventually arrested, taken into custody without further incident, and that “several” weapons were found.
The British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) told CHEK News in a statement that paramedics transported two patients to hospital in serious condition.
However, Bown Osoko, media spokesperson with the Victoria Police Department, told CHEK News that the officer who was headbutted “rode” to the hospital with the victim.
Saturday’s stabbing comes a few months after a man was stabbed in the chest on Broad Street near Yates Street. It’s also now the seventh assault to have taken place in the area this month, according to VicPD’s crime map.
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Out on my morning walk and came across this scene here on Johnson and Broad Street. An officer told me it’s a “medical” incident and they’re investigating. pic.twitter.com/7leNT1sjcb
— Nicholas M Pescod (@npescod) July 24, 2021