Two people dead after overnight hostage situation in Surrey

Mar 29 2019, 5:13 pm

Officials with the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC) are investigating after a fatal shooting involving a police officer on Friday morning.

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According to police, the situation began on Thursday evening, when Surrey RCMP responded to a residence in the 13300 block of 98A Avenue around 9:30 pm, after a report of man with a gun and a “possible hostage situation.”

Police said officers attended and evacuated a number of individuals from nearby homes and properties. A containment area was established and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team attended to assist the investigation.

“Multiple efforts were made throughout the night and into the morning to engage the barricaded male and a female hostage within the home in order to peacefully resolve the situation,” police said.

At approximately 7:30 am on Friday, members of the Emergency Response Team entered the home and a confrontation with the barricaded male ensued.

“The male sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at scene. A female victim was also located within the home with serious injuries,” said police.

First aid was immediately provided by the officers and the woman was taken to hospital by Emergency Health Services, which were staged nearby throughout the incident. Despite medical efforts, the woman was pronounced deceased at hospital.

No police officers nor any other members of the public were injured.

Now, police said the scene and any evidence have been secured, and the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC) will assume conduct of the investigation into the police-involved shooting to see if there is any link between police actions and the man’s death.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

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