VPD officers were called to an East Vancouver gas station on May 2 around 4:20 in the morning. When staff had asked a man to wear a mask inside the gas station as per the Public Health Orders, he refused, and would not leave the premises.

When police arrived, the man was lying on his back inside the store. He immediately got up and lunged at them, allegedly trying to grab an officer’s firearm. He was initially arrested for attempted disarming of a police officer and obstructing a police officer. Upon further investigation, officers apprehended him under the Mental Health Act instead and took him to a local hospital.