A man shot and killed by police in Vancouver was an artist who used an X-Acto knife to make greeting cards for his friends and family, Michael Vann Hubbard’s daughter said in a statement yesterday.
“My father was not a thief, a bank robber, nor a drug addict,” said Wendy Hubbard, who wrote the statement on behalf of herself and her sister.
“He was a gentle, law-abiding man who believed strongly in social justice and the rights of the poor and the discarded people of our world.”
Vancouver police said Vann Hubbard, 58, was advancing on officers with an extended X-Acto knife when he was shot once and killed last Friday morning in the 500 block of Homer Street. Officers were looking for two men who had broken into a car and stolen a bag. Vann Hubbard was innocent of the theft. His family plans to sue Vancouver police and the city for wrongful death.
In her statement, Hubbard described her father as a socialist and social justice activist who moved to Canada from the U.S. to have a better life.