Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coroner's Inquest Calls for More Vancouver Police Training after Fatal Shooting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coroner's Inquest Calls for More Vancouver Police Training after Fatal Shooting

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Coroner's inquest calls for more police training

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VANCOUVER - More de-escalation training for Vancouver police is being recommended after a coroner's inquest into the shooting death of a man who was stabbing people on the city's Downtown Eastside.

Police say 26-year-old Abdi Hirsi, who was from Edmonton, was killed during a confrontation with an officer in 2015, after he stabbed three people.

In a statement at the time, the department said officers unsuccessfully tried to arrest the man and fired multiple bean bag rounds in an attempt to control him, then shot him when he started to stab a woman who was taken to hospital in critical condition.

In its inquest verdict, the coroner's jury says the police department should consider better communications training for officers in high-stress situations, and review its existing de-escalation policies. …

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