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Two people have been treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries in what Vancouver police say started with one man attacking another with a sword.

A statement from police says officers responded on Monday to reports that a man with a sword was assaulting another man outside a Vancouver apartment building.

Police say the 29-year-old suspect jumped in front of a car as officers arrived, smashed the vehicle’s window and continued to run through traffic.

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He was eventually taken into custody after officers fired rounds from a beanbag gun and a Taser.

Police say the suspect was severely injured during an initial fight with the 59-year-old victim and both men, who are known to each other, were treated in hospital.

They say the independent office that examines all cases of police-involved injury or death was also notified but won’t be investigating.

“Our officers believed the suspect had committed a violent assault and was trying to harm himself,” Sgt. Steve Addison says in the statement.

No charges have been laid.

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