British Columbia

Police shooting hospitalizes man in Burnaby

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is investigating after a man was apparently shot by police in Burnaby, B.C. just before 2 a.m. PT Wednesday.

Neighbours heard yelling and gunshots

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) is investigating after a man was shot, early Wednesday morning in Burnaby, B.C. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is investigating after a man was apparently shot by police in Burnaby, B.C. just before 2 a.m. PT Wednesday.

The RCMP was responding to a call about a man with a knife, who was refusing to leave the home on the 500 block of Clare Avenue, said RCMP Acting Inspector Keith Bramhill. 

"They were confronted by a male who was non-compliant with police directions," said Bramhill.

Neighbours, who did not want their names used, said they heard several shots and heard yelling in a language they believed to be Russian.

RCMP confirmed the man was shot, and then transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police tape cordoned off the entire block on Wednesday morning. Several items, including a chair and a pillow, were strewn across the road.

Bramhill said it was an isolated incident and the public should not be concerned.

Investigators later confirmed they did recover a knife at the scene.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story mistakenly quoted one of the neighbours using his name.
    May 14, 2015 5:08 PM PT

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