After standoff, Vancouver police arrest 43-year-old Albertan male making threats in Gastown

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      A Gastown alleyway was closed off by police due to a man making threats early this morning.

      Vancouver Police Department (VPD) spokeperson Const. Steve Addison said at a news conference today (August 23) that around 12:30 a.m. today, Vancouver police responded to reports about an agitated man near Water and Cambie streets.

      He was reportedly yelling, uttering threats, and also making suicidal statements while carrying a large piece of metal, that appeared to be rebar.

      When police arrived at the scene, he retreated into an alley. Officers contained the lane for public safety while officers tried to talk to him to encourage him to come out of the lane.

      After two hours of negotiations, the man tried to run past the officers. When he did so, officers arrested him under the Mental Health Act.

      The 43-year-old male, who recently arrived in the city from Alberta, was taken to hospital.

      In an unrelated incident, two officers were bitten and punched as they tried to arrest a 50-year-old man in the West End who was yelling, behaving strangely, and appeared to be hallucinating.