West End death declared homicide, Vancouver police arrest suspect
Vancouver police say they’ve arrested a suspect in suspicious death in the city’s West End on Tuesday.
Investigators say they’re now treating the death of 29-year-old Kyle Vincent Gabriel as a homicide.
Police had remained at the scene near Pendrell and Thurlow streets since Tuesday night after Gabriel was found with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to St. Paul’s Hospital but died of his injuries, police said.
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On Wednesday night, violence flared again near the same intersection when police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with Gabriel’s death.
Investigators allege that during the arrest, the suspect assaulted a police officer and tried to hurt a police dog.
Witness video of the scene appears to show police attempting to negotiate with a man in a hoodie standing behind a police van.
The as a police dog approaches him, the man makes a sudden movement, at which point five shots from a bean bag gun can be heard as the man appears to make punching and kicking motions.
Police and the police dog then drag him into the street, where he is swarmed by officers and arrested.
“I came out and heard dogs and I heard the VPD telling [someone] to ‘get on the ground, get on the ground,'” said local resident Chris Hiller.
“The next thing I heard was three to five shots fired and a person screaming, and it sounded like fireworks.”
Neighbours said they saw upwards of 25 police officers in the area and some sort of struggle that ended with a man being handcuffed.
Police said that in addition to the alleged homicide, they are recommending charges of assaulting a police officer and arresting a police service dog.
Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver police.
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