VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The driver who crashed into a Vancouver Police cruiser early this morning is the person of interest in the city’s sixth homicide of the year.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday the VPD found a man in his 50′s stabbed to death in an alley on Renfrew Street near Grandview Highway.

Sergeant Randy Fincham says a few hours later officers found the person of interest at the Burnaby – Vancouver border, eventually tracking him to Slocan Street and Broadway where he slammed into a cop car.
“Early indications are that this was a targeted attack.  No charges have been laid and the investigation is continuing.”
The 47-year-old driver is facing three charges in relation to the crash.  “Including dangerous driving, driving while prohibited and obstruction.  The man was also arrested on an outstanding Burnaby warrant for assault and he remains a person of interest in the homicide.”
He and one police officer received minor injuries in the crash.
The VPD doesn’t know the motive for the fatal stabbing, but it doesn’t think it’s linked to gangs or drugs.  The victim’s name has not been released yet.
Vancouver Police are asking anyone who knows anything to give their Homicide Unit a call at 604.717.2500 or CrimeStoppers at 1.800.222.8477.