Shooting victim in Vancouver only had a small X-Acto knife
Update: 11:22am Saturday March 21st
Vancouver police have released details today the the man they shot at Homer and Dunsmuir Street yesterday afternoon, was armed with only a small X-Acto knife. He refused to drop the knife when confronted with two women police officers, both with five years experience, and then one of the officers fatally shot him when he advanced on them.
It is still not known if the man was homeless or if the officers were carrying tasers at the time.
One person is dead after a shooting at Homer And Dunsmuir Street in downtown Vancouver this afternoon. The victim was shot by Vancouver Police.
Update: 2:28pm PST
The 911 call came in at about 10:30am this morning that a theft from a vehicle was currently taking place. When the police arrived they started chasing one of the suspects, who became the victim. Constable Jana McGuinness says:
Two officers were checking a possible suspect when they requested backup “stating he had a knife and then the next thing you know the man was shot and killed,”
It appears that the deceased was a homeless man who was wielding a knife when he was shot by police. A bus was passing by at the time it happened and those witnesses are being interviewed by police. The body can be seen under a yellow tarp outside the Salvation Army Building.
This is the 38th shooting in the Lower Mainland since the beginning of the year.
The incident, which took place at the 500 block Homer Street, has seen traffic blocked as police investigate.
According to CKNW, witnesses have said that police have shot and killed a man waving a knife around on the 500 block of Homer Street.
We are looking for more information on this event.