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Civilian agency investigates fire started after man hit with stun gun

Stun gun fire investigation

The civilian agency that investigates police in British Columbia is examining a case in Vancouver where a man was seriously hurt when an officer's stun gun sparked a fire.

A statement from the Independent Investigations Office says it happened on Oct. 6, in a busy pedestrian area along the downtown Vancouver waterfront.

The statement says officers responded to complaints of a man spitting at a couple and trying to touch several women.

A suspect was located and investigators say a conducted energy weapon was used when the man attempted to fight with police, but the electrical charge ignited a flammable item he was carrying.

The office says the man was treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses and say they are now working to determine what role, if any, the officers' actions or inaction may have played in the case.



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