Officer hurt after coming to aid of youth running into the street

A Victoria officer was injured after police came to the aid of a youth in the middle of a mental-health crisis who was running through downtown traffic.

The youth kicked the officer in the face after being taken to hospital.

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Police had responded to a Tuesday report that a man was trying to harm himself by going into the street, and arrived to find it was a youth. He appeared to be intoxicated by drugs.

Officers got him safely out of the street and B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics transported him to hospital. An officer accompanied the youth.

Police said the youth’s condition began to deteriorate when he arrived at the hospital, but he improved after paramedics administered naloxone.

At that point, the youth became aggressive with hospital staff, paramedics and others, and attempted to spit on one officer before the kicking incident occurred.

The youth was brought under control without being injury and held in the hospital under the Mental Health Act.

The injured officer was treated at the hospital and able to complete his shift.

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