Saanich man arrested on weapons charges after standoff on Lochside Drive

Homes evacuated in the 5000-block of Lochside Dr. on Sunday afternoon after regional emergency response unit called in

  • Feb. 16, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Saanich police and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) spent Sunday afternoon talking a man his his 60s out of a home after calls about a potential domestic violence situation.

Saanich police units arrived to a home in the 5000-block of Lochside Dr. around 12:20 p.m., and were told there were weapons that could be accessed inside the residence, said Sgt. Steve Eassie.

As a result, police called in the region’s emergency response team around 2 p.m. GVERT negotiators made contact with the occupants and convinced all but one man to exit the home.

As a precaution, police evacuated the two residences to either side of the home of focus, and the man eventually surrendered to police at 11:35 p.m. and was arrested for weapons-related offences.

“We are thankful that this incident could be resolved without harm to anyone,” Eassie said. “We thank the public for their understanding and co-operation.”