One man is in police custody after a three-hour standoff at Paul’s Motor Inn Friday morning.
Victoria police were called to the temporary residential facility just before 8:20 a.m. for a report that a man had shot a gun in the area. when police arrived they found the suspect inside one of the units along with evidence that a weapon may have been discharged.
The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team arrived on scene around 9:30 a.m. and began communicating with the man by megaphone. The VicPD K9 unit was also called in to assist. At 11:45 the man left the unit unannounced. According to police he refused to follow officers’ commands and ARWEN less-lethal munition were used to take him into custody.
The man was assessed by paramedics and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries for further assessment.
Police say the incident – including the type of potential firearm used – remains under investigation.
In June, the province purchased the inn for about $15 million to provide 75 temporary homes for those experiencing homelessness.
Police have closed off Chatham Street between Douglas and Government Streets for an unfolding incident. No details at this time. #yyjtraffic more to come. pic.twitter.com/mh7IREiXNJ
— Nina Grossman (@NinaGrossman) July 24, 2020
UPDATE | The incident in the 1900-block of Douglas St remains ongoing, & officers are still working to resolve it safely. #yyjtraffic disruptions continue in the area. #yyj
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) July 24, 2020
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