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Downtown Vancouver Machete attack sends four to hospital with life-altering injuries

Vancouver police say they're investigating an alleged machete attack in the city's downtown core that sent four people to hospital with life-altering injuries.
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A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer's uniform as she makes a phone call after responding to an unknown incident in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver police say they're investigating an alleged machete attack in the city's downtown core that sent four people to hospital with life-altering injuries.

They say officers were called to a rooming house in the Granville Entertainment District on Saturday after a man allegedly set his suite on fire and then attacked four people inside the building.

Police say they eventually shot and injured the man after he confronted officers while allegedly still armed.

That triggered an investigation from British Columbia's police watchdog, which probes incidents where people are injured during a police interaction.

A news release from the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. says the suspect in the Vancouver attack was taken to hospital with gunshot-related injuries, which Vancouver police describe as non-life-threatening.

There was no immediate word on what charges the man may face.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 7, 2022.

The Canadian Press