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Abdi Hirsi Identified As Stabbing Suspect Shot By Vancouver Police

04/14/2015 01:59 EDT | Updated 06/14/2015 05:59 EDT
VANCOUVER - An Edmonton resident has been identified as the man shot and killed by a police officer after he stabbed three people outside a church on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

The BC Coroners Service has identified 26-year-old Abdi Hirsi as the man who was killed last Thursday during a confrontation with an officer.

Police said they received a call about a man stabbing people and arrived to find the suspect wielding a knife outside of First United Church.

A police statement said officers unsuccessfully tried to arrest the man and fired multiple bean bag rounds in an attempt to control him, then shot him when he started to stab a woman.

Three people were hurt, including the woman who was taken to hospital in critical condition, while two men were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the major crime unit and the Independent Investigations Office are both investigating.