Two men were taken to hospital early Sunday morning after police received reports of an assault in progress in the 2400 block of Crescent Way.
After 2:45 a.m., police arrived at a residence which had been contaminated with bear spray, said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald.
Inside were a 55-year-old victim and a 25-year-old suspect who were both seriously injured.
“It looked like an altercation had taken place,” MacDonald said.
He said the 25-year-old had allegedly come to the home armed with bear spray, a replica hangun, a machete, bolt cutters and a hammer.
MacDonald said that before police arrived the suspect had been subdued by another occupant of the home who assisted the 55-year-old. The third man did not require hospitalization.
The suspect did not live at the home.
Charges being considered against the 25-year-old include aggravated assault and assault with a weapon, among others.
The exact circumstances of the incident are not yet clear, as the 55-year-old is still in serious condition in hospital, recovering from a head injury.
“Oftentimes when we see these types of things, robbery is the motive,” MacDonald said, but added that police are still gathering evidence.
He said police officers had to wear gas masks to protect themselves from the bear spray and there was “quite a bit of mayhem” at the scene.