Two charged after RCMP-involved shooting in Newton

NEWTON – Two of the three people arrested following a police-involved shooting in Newton on Friday have been charged.

Daniel Monaghan, a 26-year-old Langley resident, has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assaulting a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possessing a break-in instrument and using ID unlawfully.

David Traill, a 52-year-old Surrey resident, has been charged with being a passenger in a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and breach of a conditional sentence order.

The third suspect, a 21-year-old woman, has been released pending charges that have yet to be laid.

The incident occurred shortly after noon on Nov. 21 when plainclothes officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the 7100-block of Hall Road, behind Newton Bingo Hall.

The vehicle rammed into two police cruisers while trying to take off.

Police say officers fired on the vehicle involved in the crash, but no one was struck.

The three people in the vehicle – two men and one woman – were arrested shortly after. Two officers and one of the suspects were taken to hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. Both officers have been released from hospital and are recovering from minor injuries.

Langley RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit has taken conduct of the investigation.

Newton resident Tabitha Naismitch is wondering what the city and police are going to do about the area in the long term.

“It’s not a surprise, we’ve had issues with prostitution and drug use in the area,” she said, noting there was a temporary increase in police presence after hockey mom Julie Paskall was murdered in December 2013.

Naismitch, who lives in the area behind where the incident took place said she heard three loud bangs, and when she found out they were gunshots, she became upset.

“This area is heavily populated by children, why are they (police) shooting their guns? Is that their first response?” she wondered.

“I live in BC Housing and one of the requirements is that you have to have children.”

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at Solvecrime.ca.

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