One distraught man dead and six Vancouver Police officers sent to hospital after encounter

ONE man is dead and six Vancouver Police officers have been sent to hospital following a call of a disturbance in southeast Vancouver on Thursday afternoon.

Around 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a call of a distraught man causing a disturbance in the 3600-block of South East Marine Drive.

Police said that as the first officer on scene attempted to detain the man, he became agitated and additional officers were called to the scene. Attempts to subdue the man with chemical agents were unsuccessful. A physical altercation ensued, resulting in injuries to the man and six officers. Paramedics were called to attend to the man, he died at the scene.

Two officers were taken to hospital with significant injuries and four officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries. All of the officers have since been released from hospital.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) was advised by the Vancouver Police Department and will be taking conduct of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.