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Four Victoria police officers injured in incident at tent city for the homeless

Victoria Police watch over residents at the homeless camp, also known as InTent City, during a block party at the camp in Victoria, B.C., Thursday, February 25, 2016.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
July 30, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Victoria police say four officers were injured Thursday evening while intervening in a domestic dispute at the controversial "tent city" outside the city's courthouse.

Police say just after 7:20 p.m., two special duty officers heard what they believed to be a domestic assault in a tent that is part of an encampment of about 100 homeless people that has been up since last fall.

When the officers tried to intervene, they were assaulted by a "highly combative man."

Two officers who arrived at the scene were also assaulted and the man was taken into custody after he was subdued with a stun gun.

Police say three of the four injured officers were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries while the suspect, who remains in custody and is to appear in court on Friday, was not injured.

Police are recommending multiple charges against the unidentified man, including assaulting a police officer, possession of a prohibited weapon, assault and resisting arrest.

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