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Watchdog investigating police-involved shooting of man in crisis in Surrey, B.C.

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For the second time in a week, B.C.'s police watchdog has been called to Surrey after a fatal officer-involved shooting. Aaron McArthur has the details – Apr 8, 2022

B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating after a man was fatally shot by Surrey RCMP during a wellness check Friday.

Surrey RCMP said they were called to a residence in the 13200-block of 108 Avenue just after 10 a.m. to check on the man, who had threatened self-harm with a weapon while in a “public place.”

The man was found inside the residence, RCMP said, and was in possession of a weapon when “shots were fired by police.” The man later died of his injuries in hospital.

Surrey RCMP did not say what prompted police to fire upon the man, who has not been identified, or how many officers opened fire.

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The Independent Investigations Office, which is tasked with determining if police actions that result in injury or death are lawful, has been notified and is now leading the investigation.

No further information will be released by RCMP, the force said.

The IIO did not provide any further details about the incident in their own statement Friday afternoon.

The area surrounding the scene remains closed off as evidence is gathered by investigators.

The incident marks the second fatal police-involved shooting in Surrey this month after a man died of injuries he sustained while fleeing a failed armed robbery on April 1.

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