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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Fire forced use of taser, Vancouver police say

August 17, 2004

Vancouver -- Almost two months after a man died in Vancouver police custody following a jolt from a stun gun, the department announced yesterday they had no choice because a fire forced them to move quickly.

Police now say a fire at the Continental Hotel forced two officers to move into the washroom where Robert Bagnell, 54, had barricaded himself.

Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard said smoke was filling the building and the officers couldn't stay there.

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