Vancouver – Vancouver Police shot and injured a man in the Downtown Eastside this morning, after an officer was attacked with a weapon while on patrol near the Hastings Street tent city.

Two officers were sitting in their patrol car near East Hastings and Columbia Street at about 8 a.m. this morning when a man carrying a weapon approached the police car and struck an officer through an open window.

During the altercation shots were fired by a VPD officer.

The officer sustained a serious head injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment. A 53-year-old suspect was injured and taken to hospital, where he remains in custody for assaulting the officer.

A second VPD officer was later assaulted by a bystander, after he arrived to assist following the police-involved shooting. That officer was not seriously injured, and was able to continue his shift, after the suspect was arrested.

VPD’s Major Crime Section and the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. are now investigating.