The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. responded to a shooting near a residence on West 18th Avenue between Manitoba and Ontario streets Saturday afternoon, which left a man in critical condition in hospital.

The IIO conducts investigations into officer-related incidents where someone is killed or seriously hurt.

The Vancouver Police Department says around 4:30 p.m. PT officers encountered a distraught male in his early 30s , who they say confronted them with a weapon.

A release from VPD says officers tried to negotiate with the man and use "less-lethal options" to disarm him.

The suspect was ultimately shot however and then rushed to hospital.

IIO B.C. investigator Vancouver Manitoba Street, 18th Avenue

An IIO B.C. investigator at the scene of a police incident on 18th Avenue in Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (Matthew Black/CBC)

The VPD says he is in critical condition, while no officers were physically injured.