Suffered bouts of depression: Family
A 39-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Vancouver police officer last week was a friendly and compassionate man who suffered bouts of mania and depression, his family said in a written statement yesterday.
Paul Boyd died Aug. 13 on Granville Street, between 15th and 16th avenues. He was shot and killed by a member of the Vancouver Police Department after he had attacked two other police officers with a chain and padlock.
“Paul was a big and strong man whose appearance could be intimidating to those who did not know him,” his family wrote. “But in fact he was gentle and kind.”
Boyd, an animator for the past 15 years, suffered from bipolar disorder and would periodically suffer bouts of mania and depression that could produce vivid paranoid delusions and made him fear imagined threats.
At the time of his death, his family said, he was in the middle of one of these episodes.
“His actions during his last tragic moments on earth were not part of his personality but were a result of the irrational fear produced by his illness.”
Boyd was first diagnosed with the condition while in his early 20s and was under constant treatment for it.