The Victoria Police Department responded to reports of a confrontation about a resident with COVID-19 symptoms who was not social distancing on Friday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

‘How not to handle social isolation concerns’: Victoria police respond to confrontation with firearm

Police seize replica firearms after one resident confronts another over social distancing

The Victoria Police Department says a call they received on the weekend is a good example of “how not to handle social isolation concerns.”

On Friday, April 3, patrol officers responded to the 800-block of Fisgard Street for a report of a confrontation in a multi-unit residential building just after 8 p.m.

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Police say a resident in the building confronted another resident for having COVID-19 symptoms and not following social isolation protocols. The caller reported that during this confrontation, one of the residents had produced a firearm.

Officers quickly evacuated residents on the impacted floors and identified a suspect who was taken into custody without incident. Two replica firearms were seized and no one was injured.

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According to police, the incident remains under investigation.

People who have concerns about social distancing can call the City of Victoria Bylaw services at 250-361-0215 or email bylawservices@victoria.ca.



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