Gunman in custody after barricading building, threatening to burn it down

A gunman who barricaded himself in a building in Victoria and threatened to set it on fire has been taken into custody after police used chemical, sonic and other ‘less lethal’ weapons to subdue him Friday morning.

A gunman who barricaded himself in a building in Victoria and threatened to set it on fire has been taken into custody after police used chemical, sonic and other ‘less lethal’ weapons to subdue him Friday morning.

The ordeal in the 2800 block of Fifth Street in the Hillside-Quadra neighborhood lasted four hours.

VicPD officers responded shortly after 3 a.m. to a report that a man was violating court-ordered conditions. The man had previously been arrested on charges of assault causing bodily harm and had been released by the court pending trial with conditions that restricted him from traveling to specific geographic areas.

Officers found the man alone and armed with a knife in a suite of a multi-unit residential building.

According to police, the man barricaded himself in the suite, indicated he was in possession of gasoline and threatened to set the building on fire.

The suites in the building have been evacuated.

Crisis negotiators worked for several hours to get the man to surrender to the police.

Police said just after 7 a.m., in response to the suspect’s threats to set the building on fire, officers used a range of less-lethal tools, including noise canceling devices and chemical irritants.

The man came out of the suite armed with the knife. Officers deployed a less lethal ARWEN round, disarmed the man and took him into custody.

The man was medically cleared on the spot and returned to the cells where he is being held.

Residents were allowed to return home.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the VicPD reporting desk at 250-995-7654 ext 1.