Woman dies after barricade, fire in downtown Victoria

Woman dies after barricade, fire in downtown Victoria
Seth Dickinson
Fire crews on Pandora after an apartment fire on Dec. 25, 2019.

British Columbia’s police watchdog has confirmed a woman who was sent to hospital after an apartment fire in Victoria on Dec. 25 has died.

Earlier this week, VicPD said officers were called to the 700-block of Pandora Avenue for a report of an armed person causing a disturbance. Police said when officers arrived, a person had barricaded themselves in a suite in an apartment building.

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The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) was called and smoke was observed coming from the suite.

The Victoria Fire Department went to put out the fire while GVERT officers entered the suite.

The suspect was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) said they were notified on Dec. 29 that the female suspect had died in hospital. IIO personnel have been in contact with the family of the woman.

The IIO said they are continuing the investigate the incident.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.


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