59-year-old man charged following the stabbing of 2 Vancouver police officers

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Two Vancouver police officers were stabbed while responding to a call on the morning of July 5, 2021.  (Matthew McFarlane/CBC - image credit)
Two Vancouver police officers were stabbed while responding to a call on the morning of July 5, 2021. (Matthew McFarlane/CBC - image credit)

A Vancouver man has been charged after two police officers were stabbed and another was injured while responding to a report of forcible confinement Monday morning.

Jerald Jack Gates, 59, has been charged with one count of forcible confinement and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. Gates is in police custody, and will remain so until his next court appearance on Friday.

At about 10 a.m. Monday, police responded to a call reporting a forcible confinement involving a two-year-old child at a residence in Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood, near Keefer Street and Gore Avenue. Police say that when they entered the suite, a struggle ensued, resulting in two officers being stabbed and another receiving injuries to his hand.

Police said the officers used a Taser on Gates, who was then taken to hospital.

Vancouver Police Department Chief Adam Palmer said in a tweet on Monday that Gates has a "significant criminal history dating back several decades," and major crimes investigators are handling the file.

In an update from the department on Tuesday, a spokesperson said the injured officers have been released from hospital and are recovering at home.

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