A Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer was sent to the hospital in serious condition Wednesday night after a crash in Surrey.
The officer in an unmarked vehicle was responding to an emergency call just after 11 p.m. near 128 Street and 93 Avenue.
Other transit officers had previously stopped and checked a man in the area of Surrey Central SkyTrain station as he had an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for break-and-enter. When officers tried to arrest the man, police say he fought with officers, twice breaking free and eventually running from the scene.
He left behind a large hockey bag containing a Smith & Wesson 40 calibre handgun loaded with live ammunition and a rifle-style pellet gun, transit police said.
An officer responding to the call collided with another vehicle. He is still in hospital, police said, and is going in for a second surgery Thursday.
A woman in the other car involved in the collision suffered minor injuries.
The suspect is 33-year-old, Sean Trevor Cuddeford of no fixed address who is well known to police, transit police confirmed. Cuddeford is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for break and enter. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Transit Police at 604-515-8300 or text them using the code 877777.