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UPDATE: Man in hospital after police-involved incident
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIOBC) is investigating and a man is in hospital after an incident involving the Burnaby RCMP in North Burnaby Wednesday morning.
Burnaby RCMP Corp. Dave Reid called it an "in-custody incident" and said it was not a shooting despite some reports on Twitter. He referred all other questions to the IIOBC which has taken over the case.
Just before 6 a.m. Burnaby RCMP responded to a complaint at a home near Cambridge Street, said IIOBC spokesperson Owen Court by email.
"During the course of this response, officers encountered a male who appeared to be in some distress. He was placed in the back of a police vehicle. His condition deteriorated and BC Ambulance was called."
He is currently being treated in hospital. The IIOBC was notified at 7:17 a.m. and investigators have been assigned to investigate, he said.
The incident took place in the 4200-block of Cambridge Street, between Carleton and Madison avenues.
Jodie Wenschlag, 42, said she heard a commotion at about 6 a.m. "There was men … yelling and excitedly. And then right away the cops came."
She said it sounded like the yelling was happening as the men were running up the street and involved someone they knew.
When she finally looked out the window Wenschlag saw a "shirtless guy and [the police] made him sit down on the sidewalk."
There were three young Chinese men walking down the street with two police officers, she said.
Mitchell Sayers, 21, said he woke up between 6:30 and 7 a.m. to find flashing lights outside from four Burnaby RCMP cars and a paramedic vehicle.
"There was a gentleman on the ground that the paramedics were trying to resuscitate … Eventually they just had an ambulance take him away."
Sayers said he did not hear any gunshots, loud noises or commotion leading up to the incident.
The man's jacket, shoes and shopping bag remained in the middle of the road at the scene hours afterwards. Sayers said he did not recognize the man from the neighbourhood and described him as a young adult of Asian heritage.
"My sister's car was in front of the house and on the side of it there's a bunch of blood so it looks like he was leaning up against it or something," he said, adding there were also bloody hand and fingerprints on the rear door of one of the police cruisers.
Burnaby RCMP had cordoned off the area in all directions and continued its investigation that morning.
Sayers said his reaction was "shock, to see in the morning and especially 'cause my neighbourhood, stuff really doesn't happen like this, it's really quiet."