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Vancouver police officers stabbed in Chinatown

Last Updated Jul 6, 2021 at 1:34 pm PDT

Vancouver Police on scene of a double stabbing involving their officers on Monday July 5th, 2021. (Image Credit: CityNews)
Summary

VPD says officers were responding to a 9-1-1 call about a 'forcible confinement involving a two-year-old child'

Vancouver police say officers stabbed, taser deployed on suspect at suite near Keefer St. and Gore Ave.

Police say child in case is safe

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Two Vancouver police officers are in the hospital after they were stabbed in a Chinatown home Monday morning.

The VPD says the officers were responding to a 9-1-1 call about “a forcible confinement involving a two-year-old child” at a residential building near Keefer St. and Gore Ave.

“A family member had called police to advise that this suspect … shouldn’t be having this child and this child was being forcibly confined with this man in the suite,” said Const. Tania Visintin.

Vistintin says three officers entered the suite at around 10 a.m. and the officers were stabbed during a struggle with a suspect.

“One officer received just an injury to his hand. He is expected to make a full recovery. [Another officer] one was stabbed in an area that is non-life threatening. He will be released from hospital today,” Visintin said Monday.

She says it’s unclear how long the third officer will remain in the hospital.

“He is an ICU right now but is expected to to make a full recovery and be released, hopefully, soon,” Visintin said.

Both officers are in stable condition.

Police say officers deployed a taser on the 59-year-old suspect, who was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The VPD says the child in the case is safe.

“They are safe and uninjured,” Visintin said.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC has been notified, as is the case anytime a person is harmed during an interaction with police.