A man is dead after a police-related shooting Saturday morning at a home on Dallas Road, Victoria Police have confirmed.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has been called in to investigate the death. The IIO is an independent body that investigates incidents in which police involvement might have resulted in serious injury or death.
Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner said officers responded to a 911 call in the 200 block of Dallas Road, between Montreal and Oswego streets, about 11 a.m.
"Once on scene, they were confronted by a man, who was shot by our officers and as a result, succumbed to his injuries," Elsner said at a news conference.
"This is a tragic day in our community and as the chief I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to this man’s family, and my promise to our communities, that we will co-operate fully with the IIO in their investigation."
Elsner said he could not give any details about the incident because the IIO is investigating.
There were unconfirmed reports of a serious or fatal injury at the home starting around 9:30 a.m. The home was still surrounded in police tape by early afternoon. At the back of the home an advanced life support ambulance was wrapped in police tape.
At 11:14 a.m., @ScanBC, a Twitter account that monitors police scanners, tweeted that police were at a home on Dallas Road where a person had been shot in the neck, and that B.C. Ambulance paramedics were performing CPR.
Michael Wishinsky, a tourist from Alabama was walking by when he saw police cars pull up and turn down Oswego Street between 10 and 11 a.m. “I just saw them all driving down and that’s it,” he said.
Ute Hagemann lives on Oswego Street, across from the back of the house where the incident took place. “We went for a walk and when we came back this was all here,” she said, gesturing to the police scene.
Hagemann said during their walk the couple ran into a friend who said there was a shooting near their home. They saw the police scene when they arrived home around 10 a.m.
The home where the incident took place is near the Surf Motel, which is closed for the winter. Neighbours said the surrounding homes are rentals owned by the hotel owner.
Hagemann said she didn’t hear anything strange overnight but it was Halloween and there were fireworks and lots of people around.
Other people in the neighbourhood said they saw police Saturday morning outside the house holding guns, at least two ambulances and several police cars but didn’t hear or see a lot drama.
“I stepped outside to sweep and saw policemen running around with big guns,” said Bruce Berrecloth, a caretaker at a home on the corner of Dallas Road and Oswego Street. “It was well after that that I heard sirens.”
Tyler Brand was looking out the window of his Oswego Street home, which faces the back of the area where the incident took place.
“I saw an ambulance pull up …and then an advanced life support ambulance,” he said, adding he thought it was a medical incident.
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If you saw anything in the 200 block of Dallas Road on Saturday morning, please contact Times Colonist reporter Sarah Petrescu at 250-507-2528 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @sarahpetrescu.