IIO investigate police-involved shooting at Surrey’s Gateway Shelter

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WATCH: The IIO has been called in after a Surrey RCMP officer was involved in the shooting of a man near a shelter in Whalley. Neetu Garcha reports – Aug 14, 2019

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) is investigating a police-involved shooting at the Gateway Shelter in Whalley early Wednesday morning.

Police say they were called to the shelter at 4:20 a.m. following a report of a man chasing another man with a machete in the 10600 block of 135A Street.

According to the IIO, officers located a man matching the description of the suspect.

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“During the course of the interaction with the individual, police officers fired their service pistols striking the man,” the IIO said in a statement.

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The man was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A shelter spokesperson said the man, who is not a Gateway resident, had overdosed and he was provided him with naloxone before an apparent theft of his belongings resulted in a violent outburst.

“This is a bit of a result of the level of drugs that are being used,” Wes Everaars of the Lookout Housing and Health Society said. “It’s a very unfortunate incident and it’s often the most vulnerable who are the ones who are having the most difficulty with it.”

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Surrey RCMP are investigating the initial incident and the IIO has confirmed a team has been deployed to the scene.

The IIO is called out for any police-involved incident that results in injury or death.

— With files from Neetu Garcha

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