B.C.'s police watchdog responds to shooting in Vancouver

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

Vancouver police say officers shot distraught man who confronted them with a knife

Vancouver police look at evidence markers on the ground related to an incident on 18th Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (Matthew Black/CBC)

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.

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