Taser, bean bag gun needed to stop man linked to sword attack in Vancouver: police

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VANCOUVER — Two people have been treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries in what Vancouver police say started with one man attacking another with a sword.

A statement from police says officers responded on Monday to reports that a man with a sword was assaulting another man outside a Vancouver apartment building.

Police say the 29-year-old suspect jumped in front of a car as officers arrived, smashed the vehicle's window and continued to run through traffic.

He was eventually taken into custody after officers fired rounds from a beanbag gun and a Taser.

Police say the suspect was severely injured during an initial fight with the 59-year-old victim and both men, who are known to each other, were treated in hospital.

They say the independent office that examines all cases of police-involved injury or death was also notified but won't be investigating.

"Our officers believed the suspect had committed a violent assault and was trying to harm himself,” Sgt. Steve Addison says in the statement.

No charges have been laid.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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