A rental dispute on Vancouver Island escalated into a full-on brawl last Friday that involved 10 people, bear spray, steel pipes, brass knuckles, knives, axes, handcuffs, and a hammer.
The multi-person melee happened on Ayre Road in Sooke, and when RCMP officers arrived onsite, the participants were already dispersing. Still, the damage had been done to both people and property – two cars had smashed windows and four people were hospitalized.
Police believe the brawl broke out when a new tenant arrived on the property with several others to try and evict the current renters.
While investigators are still trying to work out what happened, several charges are being considered against nine people, including assault, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, mischief over $5,000, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a weapon.
The Sooke RCMP asks anyone with information on the fight to give them or Crime Stoppers a call.