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Vancouver police make arrest related to West End homicide

A 23-year-old Vancouver man is in police custody in relation to a suspicious death in the West End.
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 Vancouver Police. Photo by Dan Toulgoet/Vancouver CourierVancouver Police. File photo by Dan Toulgoet/Vancouver Courier

A 23-year-old Vancouver man is in police custody in relation to a suspicious death in the West End.

The suspect, who police haven’t named, was arrested Wednesday night in the 1100-block of Pendrell Street.

Wednesday’s arrest happened roughly 24 hours after an altercation inside 1125 Pendrell St. resulted in the death of 29-year-old Kyle Vincent Gabriel. The building houses young adults living with mental illness.

Vancouver police officers were in the area Wednesday night investigating the case and happened upon the suspect, who attempted to flee.

“During the apprehension, he did fight with police officers by taking out a knife and fighting with them,” said VPD media relations officer Sgt. Aaron Roed.

Police used beanbag rounds and a police dog in making the arrest.

Charges of assaulting a police officer and assaulting a police service dog, related to the arrest, have been recommended to Crown counsel.

Police are also investigating Tuesday’s incident as a homicide, the city’s seventh of the year. There were 15 homicides in Vancouver last year, 19 in 2017 and 12 in 2016.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD homicide detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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