A woman is in critical condition in hospital after falling off a balcony while trying to escape from Richmond police.

RCMP officers had arrived at an apartment with a search warrant in relation to a fraud investigation.

Cpl. Nycki Basra said when they knocked on the door, officers on the street noticed two men, who were known to police, and a woman trying to escape out the balcony.

They climbed over a partition onto an adjacent balcony and as they made their way from the fifth floor to the fourth floor, the woman fell.

The two men escaped.

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