Victoria man locks himself in bathroom, fires a dozen shots into the walls

No one was injured by erratic behaviour of 45-year-old man on Gorge Road East this morning

A 45-year-old Victoria man is facing firearms charges after he barricaded himself in a bathroom and started shooting into the walls.

Victoria Police Department officers arrived at a suite in the 200-block of Gorge Rd. East around 8 a.m. after a 911 caller said the man was possibly drunk and had a gun.

Surrounding units were evacuated before a police negotiator tried to coax the man out of the bathroom. Instead, the man fired around a dozen shots into the walls of the bathroom. When he eventually opened the bathroom door, he was hit with a conducted energy weapon by police.

“A search of the suite revealed numerous shots had been fired into the walls of the bathroom,” said Const. Mike Russell. “Officers inspected neighbouring suites, but it appears none of the rounds made it through the walls.”

The suspect was brought to hospital as a precautionary measure and will likely be facing numerous firearms-related charges, Russell said.

dpalmer@vicnews.com