February 26, 2014 3:16 pm
Updated: February 26, 2014 3:19 pm

Vancouver police officers credited with saving life of stabbing victim

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Vancouver Coastal Health says the quick action of police officers in a stabbing last Friday saved a man’s life.

Officers were quickly at the scene of a fight between the two men at Main and Cordova Street. They found a victim on the ground suffering from a serious stab wound, and applied a tourniquet to the victim’s upper arm, stemming the flow of blood.

“If the VPD member(s) had not deployed his (tourniquet) in an attempt to attenuate the bleeding, the patient would not have survived,” said Dr. Erik Vu of Vancouver Coastal Health.

“It isn’t often VPD is given credit for saving a life – but this officer, and the training he received from you and Force Options, deserves a lot of the credit that kept this individual alive.”

Police believe the attack was targeted, but no charges have yet been laid. A suspect in the case was seen fleeing the scene on a bus.

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