A tense situation led to an arrest of a woman in downtown Victoria who was later found to have a replica firearm.
Officers were called to the 1400-block of Government Street around 6 p.m. Sunday night when a passerby told them he had spotted a woman in an alley with what looked like a black handgun.
Police found the suspect and saw her place the handgun in her purse.
Using cover, police issued commands to the woman, who initially refused to come and give herself up or put the purse down.
Victoria police credit officers for using their critical incident de-escalation training to engage with the suspect, who eventually surrendered and was arrested without any injuries or further incidents.
Police seized a black replica firearm and the incident remains under investigation.
Using critical incident de-escalation techniques, Patrol officers were able to take a woman, reported to be in possession of a handgun in the 1400-block of Government street, into custody without injury yesterday evening. The gun turned out to be a replica. #yyj | #F1830804
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) July 16, 2018