Charges a possibility in Surrey police shooting

Charges a possibility in Surrey police shooting

SURREY — The Delta officer under investigation after a police shooting in Surrey last year could be facing charges.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) earlier this month announced the case has been passed on to Crown counsel because the office’s investigation concluded the officer might have committed an offence.

The incident occurred Nov. 7, 2013 at around 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a strip mall at 108th Avenue and 148th Street in Surrey.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) gang squad was investigating a vehicle parked outside a Subway restaurant when the Delta officer discharged his firearm into the vehicle, striking a man. The injured man was taken to hospital and later released.

The IIO, which investigates cases of serious injury or death that involve on- or off-duty police officers, was called out shortly after the shooting.

The IIO does not make recommendations on whether charges should be approved or what charges should be considered, but simply forwards its findings to Crown counsel in cases where it feels charges might be warranted.

The officer, who has not been identified, has been with the Delta Police Department since 2006 and was seconded to CFSEU in 2012. He has not returned to active duty since the shooting.

Delta police spokesperson Sgt. Sarah Swallow said following the incident the officer was initially assigned to administrative duties with CFSEU until the end of his term with the unit. He then remained on administrative duties in Delta, but is currently on medical leave.