A man is facing multiple assault and mischief charges after he jumped into a police cruiser and sprayed people with a fire extinguisher in Vancouver on Saturday.
Vancouver police say they received a call from the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel just before 8 a.m. after a man began fighting with security.
Police guns drawn on suspect outside Fairmont across from Vancouver convention centre.. some customers said they heard 3 pops but security said guy had fire extinguisher and I don’t know.. weirdness after carjacking in Vancouver yesterday. This may also have been attempt? Weird pic.twitter.com/dc759vJQBl
— Bill Stenner (@BillStenner) September 22, 2018
When police arrived, they found the man, who they believed to be under the influence of drugs, near the front doors of the hotel.
Sgt. Jason Robillard said the man had gotten ahold of a fire extinguisher and was now “spraying people at random,” and refusing to stop.
Police fired several bean bag shots – considered non-lethal – at the man in an attempt to subdue him, but then man instead got into the driver’s seat of a police car.
Robillard said the man fought with several officers, who were able to arrest him.
He was taken to hospital with minor injuries from the beanbag rounds and to “assess his agitated mental state.”
A hotel security officer was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Robillard said that the man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, is facing several charges related to assault and mischief.