A man is in hospital after being shot by a Victoria police officer at Royal Jubilee Hospital early Monday morning.
Officers were at Jubilee just before 5:30 a.m. on March 15 for an unrelated call when they were alerted to a man at the hospital with a weapon.
Officers located a man with a weapon, according to a statement from the Victoria Police Department, and tasered him, which they said was ineffective. During the interaction, the man was shot by one of the officers.
He is being treated in hospital with what police say are non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives with VicPD’s major crime unit are investigating and none of the officers involved were injured.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) has been notified and will conduct its own independent investigation.
In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the Victoria City Police Union said it’s confident the officers acted appropriately during the interaction and the investigation will support that.
“Our officers were alerted to a situation involving a man brandishing a weapon in another area of the hospital, to which they responded,” the statement reads. “As we’ve often experienced, officers are expected to make difficult split-second decisions every day on the job.”
The union is calling for more support from municipal and provincial officials to address the “challenges related to mental health, homelessness and police resourcing that are greatly impacting our community right now.”
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