UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:44 p.m.) Surrey RCMP say Daon Gordon Glasgow, 35, has been identified as the suspect in Wednesday night’s shooting of a transit cop. Read the lastest here.
In 2011, Glasgow was sentenced to 10 years in prison less one year for time already spent in jail after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Terry Blake Scott at McDonald’s near 110th Avenue and Scott Road. Read more about that case by clicking here.
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UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 31, 4:16 p.m.): Surrey RCMP say a man arrested Thursday by Burnaby RCMP is not the suspect they are looking for. The suspect is still at large, they say. Police say area residents can resume their regular activities “however they should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling 911.”
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Police are still on the hunt for an armed suspect after a transit officer was shot at Scott Road SkyTrain station Wednesday afternoon.
Surrey RCMP say the officer received serious but not life-threatening injuries and has been taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
Joshua Harms, 27, was shot on the SkyTrain platform twice in the arm. Harms is described as a “high flier” and an “excellent cop who digs and gets valid arrests.”
“He’s doing well, he’s doing as well as can be expected at this point,” Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan told the Now-Leader Thursday morning. “But he definitely has a road ahead of him.”
Cpl Sturko has confirmed that a male arrested earlier by @BurnabyRCMP is NOT the suspect we are seeking in the shooting of a @TransitPolice officer. The suspect remains at large. This investigation remains our top priority. pic.twitter.com/mrjhwG5j0T
— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) February 1, 2019
Drennan said Harms’ family “has asked us not to be too invasive in terms of privacy, so I just can’t give you as much as I’d like to. He is an exemplary young officer. He’s someone we’re very proud of.”
Sergeant Clint Hampton with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police said Harms has three years with transit police. Hampton said Harms was working his regular patrol shift when he was shot.
“Our chief recently checked in with Constable Harms at the hospital,” Hampton said. “He’s in good spirits and where he needs to be.”
— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) January 31, 2019
Surrey RCMP told the Now-Leader that the officer did not fire his gun.
“There was no shootings from police,” said Surrey RCMP Sergeant Chad Greig, but he couldn’t say if the officer drew his gun.
“That will be part of the investigation.”
At a press conference Wednesday night, Surrey’s top cop Dwayne McDonald said Surrey RCMP is working with the Lower Mainland Emergency Response team and the Integrated Police Dog Services. McDonald said police have “two areas of containment,” which is King George Boulevard to 144th Avenue and 125A Street to 124th Street.
Scott Road station, McDonald said, is currently closed and “no new vehicles can enter the area,” but police are escorting people into the parking lots to get their vehicles.
A report from one resident says a SWAT team surrounded a house near Scott Road station and a loud explosion was heard.
McDonald confirmed that a house was surrounded, and police were “clearing a residence,” but wouldn’t elaborate. He also said police are talking to a “substantial amount” of witnesses and that about 80 officers are involved in the active investigation.
McDonald said the suspect is described a man in his 20s with “dark skin, dark stubble, goatee and a mustache,” wearing a blue hoodie and Nike running shoes.
“We are still asking people to avoid the area. For residents who live within the containment area, we are asking you to stay inside and lock your doors. Please turn on any exterior lights and call 911 if you see anything suspicious and please do not attempt to apprehend the suspect if you see him or encounter him,” McDonald said.
“We have flooded the area with officers. This is an evolving situation and the public in that area could be at risk, which is why we’re trying to apprehend the suspect as quick as possible.”
Surrey RCMP have also set up a tip line for people to call: 604-502-6284.
Corporal Elenore Sturko with Surrey RCMP said during a press conference Thursday evening, that RCMP has received information from witnesses through the tip line and Twitter.
— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) January 31, 2019
The @deltapolice thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues in the @TransitPolice @TransLink after a Transit Officer was shot at the Scott Road Skytrain station. We appreciate the @TransitPolice hard work in keeping the millions of riders safe on our transportation system pic.twitter.com/XLxkndZMoi
— Neil Dubord (@ChiefNeilDubord) January 31, 2019
In a release sent early Wednesday evening, RCMP say they received 911 calls about a shooting at about 4:20 p.m. Police say at the same time, they were alerted by Metro Vancouver Transit Police that one of their officers had been shot at the Scott Road Skytrain station platform.
People were asked to avoid the whole area around the Scott Road Station and around the 12500 Block of 113A Street as it is “an active scene,” police said in a tweet shortly before 5 p.m. – and again at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 30).
— Lauren Collins (@laurenpcollins1) January 31, 2019
— Deepak Sharma (@DeepakSharma_90) January 31, 2019
#scottroad #expo #skytrain #translink running on single track. Expected to still be slow for commuters idk if u can tell how spread out the cop cars are. My phone camera cant zoom in anymore. #surreybc pic.twitter.com/EHHtERXWDB
— Rosie (@RosieForst) January 31, 2019
This is the first time a transit officer has been shot anywhere along the SkyTrain line.
In 1974, Surrey RCMP Const. Roger Pierlet was only 23 when he was shot and killed in Cloverdale. An overpass on 176 Street near Highway 10 was later dedicated in Pierlet’s name.
More to come.