Vancouver cops shoot man after woman’s body found

The Independent Investigations Office, IIO, take over jurisdiction of a police-involved shooting in...

The Independent Investigations Office, IIO, take over jurisdiction of a police-involved shooting in Vancouver, Monday April 14, 2014. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)

Jeremy Nuttall, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 PM ET

VANCOUVER — Police shot an armed man Monday morning after being called to an apartment building and finding bloodied walls, a dead woman in a suite and a crying child in need of medical treatment.

Someone called 911 to report a man yelling and a child crying, as well as blood in the hallway of the building around 10:30 a.m.

Const. Brian Montague said police opened fire on a man who was moving towards officers while holding a knife.

The 33-year-old man was at Vancouver General Hospital in stable condition late Monday.

“We want to figure out what exactly happened both before and after our officers arrived,” Montague said. “It’s just too early to say.”

There was some rumour from locals the man was mentally ill and had no connection to the mother and daughter, but Montague said he couldn’t verify the information.

Police said the girl is around five or six years old and was taken to hospital with some minor head injuries, but her mother had died of multiple injuries before police arrived at the building.

Meanwhile, the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has launched an investigation into the police-involved shooting aspect of the incident.

Robin Plomp of the IIO said two officers attended the call, but could not say how many opened fire.

“The information was the officers had responded to a complaint of a child at risk,” Plomp said. “Upon arrival they had an interaction with a male subject who was shot. I can’t tell you how many times he was shot because it’s still under investigation.”


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