As the week ends on a quiet note, here’s a reminder of what a busy day Monday was.
Berlin Christmas market attack
Russian Ambassador killed in Turkey
Brussels terror sweep
Zurich mosque shooting
Vancouver machete man
— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) December 19, 2016
The terror attack in Berlin rightfully dominated the headlines earlier this week, and the photo of the assassination in Turkey made front pages everywhere, but other incidents that same day managed to fly under the radar. Among them was the shooting of a man who reportedly threatened passengers on a commuter train in Vancouver with a machete..
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) December 19, 2016
The Vancouver Police Department issued an official update on the machete incident the following day:
Metro Vancouver Transit Police and the VPD responded to the 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station at around 8:30 yesterday morning after receiving reports that a man was allegedly threatening passengers with a machete.
As negotiations continued, the man broke his way out through the closed train doors with the machete. He refused to comply with the officers’ directions to drop his weapon. As the suspect approached police officers, and the exit to the station, he was eventually shot.
The Vancouver Sun published a rare follow-up on the incident, noting that the chief of the transit police is committed to tripling the number of officers trained and equipped with Tasers so they have a less-lethal option available in crisis situations.
— The Vancouver Sun (@VancouverSun) December 21, 2016
The man shot by police was expected to survive, and though he was identified, police said his name won’t be released until he is charged.
— Daily Hive Vancouver (@VancityBuzz) December 21, 2016
So, carry on everyone.
— 🎄Devious Dave Rose (@deviousdaverose) December 20, 2016
— Darrel Jorstad (@darreljorstad) December 20, 2016
— I.M.Fedup (@fedup_m) December 21, 2016
Three days later, we STILL don't know the identity of a machete wielding man who threatened Vancouver commuters and was shot by police. Why?
— Deplorable Moose (@MarcFromTO) December 22, 2016
Make that five days later.
— ConCanCitizen (@ProudCON) December 22, 2016
Same day Karlov was killed, police shot a nut with a machete in Vancouver. No identity yet I guess.https://t.co/fcELcuELAN
— Hugh Mann (@rubellaball) December 24, 2016
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Police chief calls for no 'Islamophobia nonsense' following knife attack on recruitment center https://t.co/rc4FteVmGe
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 15, 2016