Victoria Police officers at Beacon Hill Park maintain a tight perimeter around a suspect who was allegedly waving a butcher knife at passerbys on Dallas Road an hour before the manhunt began. (Octavian Lacatusu/Oak Bay News)

Woman taken into police custody under mental health act

Victoria Police responded to Beacon Hill Park after reports of someone with a butcher’s knife.

A police search for a woman reportedly wielding a large knife ended in Beacon Hill Park Wednesday afternoon.

VicPD confirmed the report, saying they had located someone matching the suspect’s description and have transported that person to hospital, “as it appears that person may be suffering a mental health crisis,” according to Communications Coordinator Bowen Osoko.

The search began around 2:45 p.m., after calls to police described an “erratic woman with a butcher’s knife” threatening people near Dallas Road and the Mile Zero Monument.

When police arrived at the scene, the woman took off towards Beacon Hill Park. She was later apprehended without incident around 4 p.m.

No one was injured in the incident and Victoria Police did not say if a weapon was found.

The file remains under investigation.

 

Two Victoria Police cruisers remained after the suspect was aprehended and taken away from a hill on Beacon Hill Park. (Ragnar Haagen/Black Press)