Update: Two Vancouver police officers stabbed during response to child-confinement call in Strathcona area

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      Update (July 6):

      The Vancouver Police Department announced that 59-year-old Jerald Jack Gates has been charged with one count of unlawful confinement and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

      He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Friday (July 9).

      VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin clarified at a news conference that two officers were stabbed and a third officer injured his hand. Two officers have since released from hospital and one seriously injured officer, who was admitted to an intensive care unit, is expected to make a full recovery.

      Visintin said that the child has been recovered, was uninjured, and is safe.

      Original article (July 5):

      Two police officers were injured and a suspect was Tasered during a response to a situation involving a child near Chinatown and Strathcona this morning.

      The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced in a news release issued today (July 5) that officers responded to a 911 call around 10 a.m. this morning, about a forcible confinement involving a two-year-old child at a residential building near Keefer Street and Gore Avenue.

      When police entered the suite, a struggle developed between officers and a 59-year-old suspect.

      Two officers were stabbed and police used a Taser on the suspect.

      The suspect and the officers were taken to hospital for treatment. The officers are now in stable condition. The condition of the suspect was not stated in the VPD news release.

      An investigation into the incident is continuing on and the VPD has notified the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which is a civilian-led police watchdog agency that investigates whether police actions resulted in harm or death.  

      The VPD stated that “no further information is available at this time”.

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