Vancouver Police say the suspect in yesterday’s alleged machete attack at 29th Avenue Station on SkyTrain’s Expo Line is expected to survive his injuries.
In an update provided by the VPD this afternoon, police say an officer shot the man only when he refused to obey directions to drop his machete. When he approached police officers and the exit to the station, he was shot by a police officer with the VPD.
Both Metro Vancouver Transit Police and the VPD responded to the incident. At approximately 8:30 am during Monday morning’s chaotic peak hour conditions, Transit Police received reports of a man who was allegedly threatening passengers with a machete. VPD officers also arrived at the scene after Transit Police officers called for assistance.
Police were able to evacuate passengers on a car and close the train doors to contain the man, but he later used his machete to break the car doors open and escape.
The man has been identified, but his name will not be released until criminal charges have been laid. He remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.
The incident shut down 29th Avenue Station for over six hours, adding to the significant snow-related delays that were already plaguing the transit system.
Anyone who witnessed the incident at the station or captured portions of the incident on video is asked to contact the VPD Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541.