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Long wait for VPD report on Crescent Beach death

Officers investigate after a man was shot and killed by RCMP in Crescent Beach March 23. - Brian Giebelhaus photo
Officers investigate after a man was shot and killed by RCMP in Crescent Beach March 23.
— image credit: Brian Giebelhaus photo

It could be months before details are released on last week’s police-involved shooting in Crescent Beach that left 23-year-old Brendon Beddow of Surrey dead.

“The investigation is still open and it’s still ongoing. It could take several months or up to at least a year for expert reports to come back and those to be examined and reports to be written about those,” Vancouver Police Department Const. Lindsey Houghton told Peace Arch News Tuesday.

The incident occurred March 23 in the 3000-block of McBride Avenue, when Surrey RCMP were dispatched to a domestic disturbance around 2 p.m., after a woman called 911. Two officers were confronted by a man at the home, and shots were fired, Houghton said last week.

The man was shot by police and died a short time later outside the house, he said. One witness told PAN he saw the man swearing at police and holding a gun before the two parties exchanged gunfire.

RCMP policy requires that an independent police agency – in this case, the VPD – investigate officer-involved shootings resulting in death or serious injury.

It was South Surrey’s second shooting death involving police officers this month, following the killing of Adam Purdie after a police chase March 2.

Purdie had been pulled over by Surrey RCMP in the 15400-block of 16 Avenue, when he sped away just after an officer noticed a firearm in the back seat. He was shot and killed at Highway 10 and King George Boulevard.

Saanich Police are investigating.

 

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