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VicPD officer injured during Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade

Victoria Police Department issues public appeal for video after Saturday evening altercation

The Victoria Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance after an officer suffered injuries while working the Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade.

The injury happened when a man fought with officers arresting him for allegedly assaulting a person in the crowd Saturday evening.

According to a release from VicPD, a parade spectator approached members of the VicPD contingent marching in the parade to report that a man had assaulted a member of the crowd and was walking through the crowd trying to instigate additional fights.

Officers approached the man and escorted him away from the parade route to make a safe arrest in a safe location. When officers tried to arrest the man, he began to fight with them.

“After several minutes, officers were able to take the man into custody,” according to the release. “A VicPD officer sustained a non-life-threatening injury during the arrest. The man was not injured. The parade spectator did not require medical attention.”

Officers transported the man to VicPD cells and the parade continued without incident.

VicPD is asking the public to contact its report desk at 250-995-7654, ext. 1, with video of the incident or the man’s arrest, or any other information about this incident.

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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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