SURREY — Surrey has recorded its first drive-by shooting of the new year, just four days into the New Year.
The driver of a pickup truck called 911 at about 7:50 p.m. Monday, saying someone in a white sedan was shooting at him in the area of 152nd Street and 48th Avenue.
Surrey RCMP Sgt. Paul Hayes said the man told police he’d confronted several people in a “suspicious parked vehicle” in his neighborhood.
“He was doing his own proactive patrol in the area,” Hayes said. “The occupants of the parked vehicle fled the area after firing several shots at the citizen’s vehicle.”
The sedan took off, but the occupants continued to shoot at the pickup as the truck driver chased the car, at high speed, down Highway 99 and into Delta where the sedan crashed into a hydro pole on River Road near 80th Street.
Hayes stressed that getting into car chases for whatever reason isn’t recommended, “let alone after they’ve shot at you. Call us — let us deal with the bad guys.”
Police found three men inside the car, with various injuries, and arrested them. A gun was also seized.
The three were taken to hospital, but two were then taken to RCMP cells while the other is still being treated for his injuries.
Police said one of the suspects, Cory Lee Myers, 25, of Surrey, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for breach of probation and a local warrant for break and enter.
“Despite repeated requests to stop pursuing the suspect vehicle, the citizen refused to comply with our commands,” Hayes said. “When you pursue a vehicle or suspect, not only are you putting your life and the general public’s life at risk, you risk being charged yourself and could face criminal and civil consequence. We encourage citizens who notice suspicious people or vehicles to contact the police instead of confronting people themselves.”