Officer involved in Surrey shooting hasn't been interviewed yet

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The police officer involved in a fatal shooting three weeks ago has yet to be interviewed by investigators.

On March 2, the Saanich Police Department was called in to investigate a police-involved fatal shooting of 28-year-old Adam Brian Purdie.

Saanich Police Department spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen told The Leader Tuesday most interviews have been completed and investigators are just waiting on forensics. It is not clear when the formal interview with the officer who shot Purdie will be conducted.

"He's fulfilled his obligations under the RCMP Act, to report what happened," Jantzen said. "Next is to arrange for a formal interview and it just hasn't happened yet."

He points out informal discussions have taken place with the officer in the presence of his lawyer, and that the officer is eager to tell his side of the story.

"He wants to tell his version of events," Jantzen said. "It just has not been a formal interview."

Purdie was pulled over in the 15400 block of 16 Avenue, just after 11 p.m. when Surrey RCMP noticed a firearm in the back seat.

Purdie sped away in his 2006 White Chrysler 300 and headed north, where he ran over a police spike belt at Highway 10 and King George Highway.

Police then hemmed him in with their vehicles.

The first officer to approach the car, a Surrey Mountie with six years experience on the force, was the one who shot the man.

Jentzen said earlier this month that Purdie was in possession of a modified assault rifle, which was found in his lap, with the barrel pointed in the direction of the officer.

The investigation continues.

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