One man is dead and six officers have been sent to hospital following a call of a disturbance in South East Vancouver this afternoon.

Around 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a call of a distraught man causing a disturbance in the 3600 block of South East Marine Drive.

As the first officer on scene attempted to detain him, he became agitated and additional officers were called to the scene. Attempts to subdue the man with chemical agents were unsuccessful. A physical altercation ensued, resulting in injuries to the man and six officers.

Paramedics were called to attend to the man; he died at the scene.

Two officers were taken to hospital with significant injuries and four officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries. All of the officers have since been released from hospital.

The IIO was advised by the VPD and will be taking conduct of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

All further inquiries in regards to this incident should be directed to the IIO.