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VPD safely apprehend violent man at South Vancouver gas station

Vancouver Police safely apprehended a man under the Mental Health Act who was acting aggressively at a Chevron Gas Station near Main Street and 41st Avenue on Sunday night.

Police received 9-1-1 calls just after 11 p.m. about a man blocking the road, hitting a bus, trying to get into cars and yelling at people passing. When police arrived on scene, the man continuously yelled at police to shoot him. Officers began negotiating with the man, but there were no changes in his behavior. It wasn’t until officers challenged him with less lethal options that he complied and listened to police direction.

“The man was sweating profusely, his eyes were dilated and he was giving our members the ‘thousand yard stare,’” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD. “Our officers were able to safely get the man in custody before he hurt himself or anyone else around him.”

The 33-year-old Vancouver man was apprehended by officers and taken to hospital to be cared for.