Suspect in hospital after SkyTrain machete attack this morning

Dec 19 2016, 10:50 pm

The Vancouver Police Department has provided more information over the circumstances that led to an officer firing his gun at a man wielding a machete on SkyTrain.

Officers with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police arrived at 29th Avenue Station after receiving reports of a man on a train who was allegedly threatening passengers with a machete.

After officers located the SkyTrain car, the passengers on board the train and immediate area at the station were evacuated. For a short time, the man was kept contained inside the car after the doors to the car were closed.

The VPD were called by the Transit Police to assist with the situation and arrived within minutes. Negotiations with the man later failed, and he subsequently freed himself by using his machete to break down the closed train doors.

When he refused to follow the instruction of police to drop his weapon, an officer with the VPD shot and injured the man.

Police say the man has yet to be identified and he was taken to hospital for the treatment of his injuries. His condition is not known at this time.

As this was a police-involved shooting, the Independent Investigations Office has been contacted and will be investigating the incident.

29th Avenue Station remains closed

This Expo Line station and the bus loop outside remains closed until further notice as investigators comb through the scene. Trains are only running through the station on a single track without stopping.

Snow-related delays also continue on both the Expo and Millennium lines due to false track intrusion alarms.

There are no delays on the Canada Line.