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Victoria police officer injured while apprehending man on Gorge Road East

A Victoria police officer was hospitalized Wednesday morning after being assaulted while apprehending a man suffering a mental-health crisis. Officers went to a motel in the 100-block of Gorge Road East about 10 a.m.
Victoria police
Victoria police

A Victoria police officer was hospitalized Wednesday morning after being assaulted while apprehending a man suffering a mental-health crisis.

Officers went to a motel in the 100-block of Gorge Road East about 10 a.m. after a man called police, threatened to kill people and said that there was a dead person on his balcony.

Police found the man outside the building and realized he was having a mental-health crisis. Officers tried to de-escalate the situation, but said when they tried to apprehend him under the Mental Health Act, he began to fight and punched one officer several time. Police said they used a conducted-energy weapon on the man, but he continued to struggle.

After more officers arrived, the man was taken into custody, then taken to hospital for a mental-health assessment.

The injured officer was treated for a concussion and was unable to complete his shift.

jbell@timescolonist.com