VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC’s Police watch-dog is looking to speak to witnesses after a man was tasered near Jack Poole Plaza on Sunday.
According to the Independent Investigations Office, police had been called after reports of a man who spat at a couple, then tried to touch a number of women.
When officers arrived on the scene, the man resisted arrest and police used a stun gun to subdue him.
However, the taser ignited a flammable item the suspect was carrying.
The @iiobc is investigating after a man was tasered by police near Jack Poole Plaza Sunday, which ignited a flammable item the suspect had on him. The man has non-life threatening injuries. Police had been called out for reports a man had spat at a couple. @NEWS1130
— Jonathan Szekeres (@jonszekeres) October 9, 2019
The man was left with serious but non-life threatening injuries and had to be taken to hospital.
The IIO will now look if the actions of police played a role into the man’s injuries.