We’re learning more about a dramatic botched robbery at an East Vancouver Canadian Tire that left a police officer in hospital and the suspect dead.
Vancouver Police Department chief Adam Palmer says the suspect, a 6′ tall 380 lb man from Alberta, entered the store around 3 p.m. yesterday and stabbed a store clerk in the back and neck.
Palmer says he then started opening gun cabinets and taking out guns.
“The suspect subsequently abandoned the weapons and began making his way to the exit. He grabbed hold of a customer, an 82 year old man, and held him hostage. As he came out the doors to the rooftop parking lot of the Canadian tire holding this hostage at knife point, he was confronted by responding police officers,” he said.
Palmer says one of those officers was stabbed in the abdomen and the neck, before police fatally shot the suspect.
He wouldn’t discuss the specifics of the shooting, which is being looked into by the Independent Investigations Office.
Both the officer and the 53-year-old store clerk were rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries, but are now in stable condition, says the Chief.
He says the 38-year-old suspect was known to police, and that the coroner will release his identity next week.
“A search of his home has provided police with concerning evidence of his possible criminal intentions which will all be part of this ongoing investigation,” he said.
The IIO says it believes witnesses may have video recordings of the incident, and is asking anyone who does to contact it at 1-855-446-8477