Police take out home invader with bean-bag gun

SURREY – Surrey Mounties are trying to figure out why a 45-year-old Surrey man stormed into a stranger’s house in South Surrey and terrorized three women before police brought the suspect down with a bean-bag gun late Saturday afternoon.

"We have not found a connection between this male and the occupants living there," Cpl. Bert Paquet said. "Nobody got hurt but him."

Paquet said the man, who is "definitely known to police," broke into a house in the 3900-block of 152nd Street in South Surrey through the garage, grabbed a hammer and smashed a window to get into the house.

Three women – a mother and her daughters aged 17 and 21 – ran out of the house as police were arriving. Paquet said the man was bleeding heavily because he’d cut his hands trying to get into the house, before barricading himself inside.

Paquet said police shot two rounds from a bean bag gun at the man’s legs, knocking him down, after he refused to heed their commands. He was arrested under the Mental Health Act.

"He was mumbling to himself," Paquet said. "He appeared to be high on some kind of drug that was not identified."

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was expected to appear in Surrey provincial court on Tuesday.




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