Vancouver police shoot suspect after woman’s death
A crying child sparked a 911 call that resulted in police shooting a knife wielding man and finding a murdered woman in an East Vancouver apartment Monday. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The cries of a young girl and blood spots in the hallway of an east Vancouver apartment building led to a 911 call, the discovery of a murdered woman and the police shooting of a suspect Monday.
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 in the 3300 block of Kingsway.
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.
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, we don’t know that information at this point.”