New Westminster – On February 24th 2019 at approximately 9:40pm, the New Westminster Police Department with assistance from RCMP officers from the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS), responded to the rear of the Wal-Mart at 805 Boyd Street for a report of a suicidal male. The adult male was believed to be in possession of a firearm, and when officers arrived, shots were fired.
The New Westminster Police Department Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Section were called to assist with the investigation.
“The Independent Investigations Office has been notified and has a concurrent investigation,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott. “The male succumbed to his injuries, and the cause of death is under investigation by IIO BC and the BC Coroner’s Service. Neither the officers nor any other member of the public were injured as a result.”
As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.
Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.