Four Vancouver police officers were involved in the fatal shooting of a man early Sunday morning after police say he confronted them with a knife as they responded to a disturbance call at a home in east Vancouver.
Police were called at about 12:25 a.m. for a reported disturbance with a weapon in the 13200 block of Northeast 59th Street in the North Image neighborhood. The resident said a male acquaintance was inside the home armed with knives, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release.
The caller and several others in the home, including two children, had locked themselves inside their bedrooms, the news release states.
As police responded, it was believed the man had started a fire inside the home. The people inside were able to safely climb through windows to escape as officers arrived. Police said they could smell something burning, according to the news release.
The suspect was also outside the home and confronted officers with a knife, police said. Officers shot the man after he could not be subdued with a less-lethal 40 mm device, according to the department.
The man was taken to a local hospital where he died. Authorities have not yet identified him.
Four officers, including the one who used the less-lethal device, were placed on critical incident leave, which is standard protocol. They have not yet been identified.
The police department did not say whether all four officers fired their guns or how many shots were fired.
The SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the police shooting.