IIO clears Vancouver police officer in shooting of axe-wielding man

The Independent Investigations Office has cleared a Vancouver police officer in last September's shooting of a suspect who was wielding an axe.

Police showed considerable restraint before shooting man with rubber bullets, watchdog says

Vancouver police look at evidence markers after a call about a break-in ended with a suspect being shot. (Matthew Black/CBC)

The Independent Investigations Office has cleared a Vancouver police officer in last September's shooting of a suspect who was wielding an axe.

The police watchdog said officers who were called to reports of a man trying to break into a home showed considerable restraint, and the case was an example of officers trying their best to avoid using lethal force but in the end having no other option.

An investigation showed the man came out of a garage holding an axe and was advancing on an officer. When he refused repeated demands to drop the weapon, he was shot multiple times with rubber bullets.

Police also fired a Taser that failed to deploy properly.