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Vancouver Police Officers Hospitalized, Suspect Dead In Altercation

08/14/2015 12:58 EDT | Updated 08/14/2015 12:58 EDT
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One man is dead and six officers have been sent to hospital after police responded to a disturbance call in southeast Vancouver on Thursday afternoon.

The first officer at the scene tried to detain a distraught man in the 3600 block of Southwest Marine Drive, said Sgt. Randy Fincham in a news release. The man became "agitated," so more police were called as backup.

"Attempts to subdue the man with chemical agents were unsuccessful," said Fincham. A physical altercation led to injuries to the man and six officers.

Paramedics were called but the man died at the scene.

Two officers were taken to hospital with significant injuries, said Fincham, while four others suffered minor injuries. All of the officers have since been released.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is looking into the circumstances surrounding the man's death. The civilian-led agency probes cases of death or serious injury that involve police.

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