IIO probes fatal transit police shooting in Surrey Safeway

Officers responded to man who was stabbing himself in store and shot him when he allegedly advanced on police.

Emergency crews look transport a man to hospital after he'd been shot by transit police.

Emergency crews look transport a man to hospital after he'd been shot by transit police.



The provincial police watchdog is investigating a fatal shooting at a North Surrey grocery store by a transit officer.

On Sunday morning (Dec. 28), Metro Vancouver Transit Police (MVTP) were called to a man behaving irrationally at the Surrey Central SkyTrain station, reportedly banging his head against a wall and screaming.

Police followed the man  to the nearby Safeway at 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard, where he had gone behind a counter and demanded a knife.

At that time, the Surrey RCMP were also called.

When transit police arrived the man was stabbing himself in the chest with a knife.

Police began talking with him and telling him to drop the knife.

At one point, the man advanced on officers and shots were fired, MVTP spokesperson Anne Drennan told CBC News.

He was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is probing the case, as it does all police shootings.

~with files from CBC