Police under investigation, suspect in hospital after arrest in East Vancouver

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is now investigating

Vancouver police are now under investigation after a suspect developed a “serious medical condition” after being arrested in an East Vancouver neighbourhood.

Police arrested an armed man Thursday who was threatening to kill police.

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A resident called 911 at around 4 p.m. after seeing a man behaving erratically and waving what appeared to be a knife near Kingsway and Victoria Drove. The suspect was allegedly threatening to stab and kill police.

Officers caught up with the suspect nearby but had to use a Taser and bean-bag shotgun rounds while attempting to arrest the man.

No officers or members of the public were injured. However the suspect had to be taken to hospital and “after a few hours, additional examination discovered a serious medical condition,” police said in a press release.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO), the provincial civilian-led police oversight agency, is now investigating to determine whether the man’s arrest has any connection to his medical condition.

The IIO investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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