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Vancouver police-involved shooting after officer allegedly assaulted with weapon

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A police officer was allegedly attacked which led to shots being fired on Saturday morning, says the Vancouver Police Department.

According to police, the assault occurred while the officer was on a routine patrol in downtown Vancouver.

“Two officers were sitting in their patrol car, near East Hastings and Columbia Street at about 8 a.m. this morning, when a man carrying a weapon approached the police car and struck an officer through an open window,” said Const. Tania Visintin.

“During the altercation, shots were fired by a VPD officer.”

The injured officer was taken to hospital for treatment with a “serious head injury.”

Dozens of VPD officers were seen in downtown Vancouver on Saturday. Global News

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The VPD says the suspect also remains in custody for assaulting the officer.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is conducting an investigation, as well as the VPD’s major crime section.

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Police added that a second officer – who arrived to assist — was later assaulted by a bystander at the scene.

“That officer was not seriously injured and was able to continue his shift after the suspect was arrested,” Visintin said.

The area has since been cleared and normal traffic has resumed.

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