Vancouver police respond to 1,200 calls in just 40 hours this past weekend – BC

The Vancouver Police Department was busy this weekend.

From Friday at 18.00 to 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Chief Howard Chow said the department received 1,200 calls.

That included 145 priority 1 calls, meaning an emergency and someone’s life could be in danger, 23 calls about a dangerous weapon, 34 calls about an assault in progress and six people injured in a stabbing. One person was shot with a crossbow. And officers were present at several protests, including one with more than 8,000 people.

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Man shot with crossbow in chest in downtown Vancouver, police say

The crossbow incident happened around 4pm on Saturday near East Hastings and Carrall Street.

The victim was a man in his 20s who was taken to hospital, the police said.

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Vancouver police release CCTV video of alleged bear spray attack on store owner

“Officers on a routine patrol were rebuffed by some people,” said Sgt. Steve Addison on Saturday. “They reported to the officers that a man had been shot with a crossbow.

“Someone pulled the arrow from the victim’s chest before officers arrived and applied pressure to the wound.”

Investigators believe the attack was in response to an altercation that took place in the area earlier in the day.

Addison said this is the worst level of crime he has seen in his police career and has heard from other officers with longer careers who say the same.

“It’s certainly concerning to us,” he said.

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CCTV footage released of bear spray attack on Vancouver store owner

CCTV footage released of bear spray attack on Vancouver store owner

Vancouver police officers were also called to CRAB Park around 3 on Saturday when two people fleeing the camp approached them for help.

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“As victims and bystanders fled, police officers attended CRAB Park, located a third critically injured victim in the camp and arrested the 42-year-old suspect as he attempted to leave the area,” Addison said.

– The suspect was arrested for attempted murder and remains in custody.

Addison adds that investigators believe the stabbings were unprovoked and that the suspect is believed to be a resident of the camp.

Police say three victims — a man in his 30s, a man in his 40s and an unidentified man — suffered serious injuries, including stab wounds and punctured organs.

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Anti-hate rally held at damaged Komagata Maru memorial in Vancouver

Anti-hate rally held at damaged Komagata Maru memorial in Vancouver

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Anti-hate rally held at damaged Komagata Maru memorial in Vancouver

Meanwhile, one has anti-hate rally was held at the damaged Komagata Maru memorial in downtown Vancouver, Saturday.

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The rally was organized by The West Coast Coalition Against Racism (WCCAR) in response to the vandalism of the memorial.

Thousands of people participated.

Vancouver police said glass on Komagata Maru Memorial in Coal Harbor was smashed, back on October 5th. The investigation began on October 4 after officers learned of the vandalism on social media.

This is the second time the memorial has been vandalized.

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