VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A man has been charged in connection with the stabbing of two Vancouver police officers in the city’s Chinatown area on Monday. The VPD said the incident began with a 9-1-1 call about “a forcible confinement involving a two-year-old child.”
Police said officers responded to the morning 9-1-1 call 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.
Police said two officers were stabbed during a struggle with the suspect in a suite. On Monday, the VPD said both officers were in the hospital but were expected to be okay.
NEWS 1130 has reached out to the force for an update on their condition.
BC prosecution Service confirms Jerald Jack Gates has been charged with one count of unlawful confinement and two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer in connection with the stabbing of two VPD officers yesterday — original story here: https://t.co/q50RWHOHp6
— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) July 6, 2021
A third officer received a minor injury to his hand, but did not require hospitalization.
Officers deployed a taser on the 59-year-old suspect, who was taken the hospital for treatment.
The child in the case is safe and was not hurt.
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Jerald Jack Gates is charged with one count of unlawful confinement and two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer.
The Independent Investigations Office of BC has been notified, as is the case anytime a person is harmed during an interaction with police.
With files from Martin MacMahon