–Jeff McArthur, S/Sgt. Sooke RCMP
Friday, July 22nd at 4:48 PM, Sooke RCMP members responded to reports of a group fighting with bats and pipes on Ayre Road. On arrival, multiple combatants were breaking up and dispersing. The attending officers quickly noticed that bear spray had been used during the altercation; several of the subjects involved were contaminated. Ten people in total were involved. All 10 are residents of Sooke. Four subjects were transported to hospital — all suffering various injuries from the fight.
Arrests were made, and the confusion on initial attendance was such that it took officers some time to determine what had taken place. Weapons used included bear spray, a steel pipe, a baseball bat, brass knuckles, handcuffs, knives, axes and a hammer. There were two vehicles at the scene — both with smashed windows and other damage from the altercation.
Initial indications are that, the violence resulted from a brewing landlord / tenant dispute. A new tenant had shown up at the property with others, in an effort to convince the current occupants to vacate. The violence stemmed from this confrontation.
All subjects admitted to hospital have been released. Of the 10 persons involved, seven are male, and three are female. All are adults.
Investigators are working to piece together the sequence of events in this violent altercation in a Sooke neighbourhood. Charges are expected to be forwarded for approval by Crown Counsel against nine subjects. The charges being considered are Assault, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Mischief Over $5,000, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Weapon.
If you have information about this incident, please contact the Sooke RCMP and cite file 2016-3400.
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Sooke RCMP Detachment