A man who shot a Transit Police officer in Surrey last year was convicted on several charges Friday but found not guilty of attempted murder.
Daon Glasgow pulled out a handgun and shot Const. Josh Harms at Scott Road Station on January 30, 2019. Harms was hit in the arm and hand and has since returned to work.
In an October 15 decision, Judge Peder Gulbranson found Glasgow guilty of discharging a firearm with the intent to endanger Harms’ life, discharging a firearm recklessly with regard to safety of others around, and possessing a loaded firearm without permission.
The Transit Police say they’re disappointed Glasgow was not convicted of attempted murder.
“It’s hard to imagine how someone can point a gun at any person, fire the gun hitting the officer twice, and not be found guilty of attempted murder,” Sgt. Clint Hampton tweeted.
Man who shot @TransitPolice, Cst. Harms, convicted of Aggravated Assault. While we are waiting to review the judge’s decision, It’s hard to imagine how someone can point a gun at any person, fire the gun hitting the officer twice, and not be found guilty of attempted murder.
— Sgt. Clint Hampton (@SgtCHampton) October 19, 2020
Glasgow testified that he panicked when Harms and his colleague Const. Chris Elvidge approached him on the eastbound platform of the SkyTrain station.
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The 37-year-old was unlawfully at large from his halfway house and knew he’d be sent back to prison if police learned who he was and that he was carrying a gun. Glasgow had seen Harms and Elvidge minutes before, and he ran into the SkyTrain station hoping to catch the train and avoid them.
Judge Gulbranson said the Crown didn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Glasgow intended to kill Harms. The judge pointed out that Glasgow still had trained on Harms as he fled the station but didn’t fire any more shots.
“He had an opportunity to kill him, if that was his intention, but he did not use that opportunity,” the judge wrote. “This evidence tends to support the conclusion that Glasgow’s actions were focused on making an escape.”