On March 25, 2021, just before 7:00 A.M Sooke RCMP were called to a disturbance at the Sooke Shelter on Otter Point Road. It was reported that a resident was causing issues, and a police presence was requested.
While en route police were updated that the suspect was now lighting things on fire in his living area. When the members arrived on the scene, smoke was seen coming from the Shelter and Sooke RCMP members assisted with evacuation of the building. Shelter staff and police ensured all residents were accounted for and attempted to put out the fire. The suspect was identified, but had fled the scene prior to police arrival.
“This was a pretty dynamic and changing situation for the members involved,” says Sooke Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Brett Sinden. They were initially called to a disturbance, arrived to see smoke, and transitioned immediately to evacuating residents from the facility. “It was very fortunate that no one was injured, either staff residents or officers.”
A search for the suspect began and he was located a short time later on a BC Transit bus departing Sooke. He was arrested for arson and taken into custody without incident. The 42-year-old Sooke man remains in custody at this time.
The Sooke RCMP wish to thank the Sooke Fire Department, the staff of the Sooke Shelter, and the many local residents who assisted with the investigation, and evacuation.
S/Sgt Brett SINDEN
Sooke RCMP Detachment Commander