New Westminster – On September 10th at approximately 9:40am, Constable Loo was conducting routine patrols, when he saw a man with numerous outstanding warrants. As Constable Loo approached the man he fled on foot towards the Columbia SkyTrain Station. Once on the SkyTrain platform, the man jumped down onto the SkyTrain tracks and continued to evade arrest.
“I was extremely concerned for this man’s safety when I realized he had jumped onto the tracks,” stated Constable Loo. “I worked as quickly as I could to alert SkyTrain staff and stop any oncoming trains.”
As additional officers ran towards the Columbia Street SkyTrain station, Sergeant Schultz discovered a man who appeared to be overdosing at the rear entrance to the Skytrain station.
“I had to prioritize, shift focus, and attempt to revive this man,” stated Sergeant Schultz. “He was blue in the face and had a very faint pulse.”
After numerous doses of Naloxone, the man began to show signs of life. Numerous police officers attended to offer urgent medical assistance. They moved the man into a recovery position and reassured him that BC Ambulance was on the way. He was quickly transported to a local hospital.
The man evading arrest on the SkyTrain tracks quickly grew fatigued and was arrested without incident. He is being held in custody before appearing before court. The New Westminster Police Department would like to thank Transit Security and Metro Vancouver Transit Police for the assistance.
“Our job is to keep people safe, and sometimes that means you can be pulled in a number of different directions at once,” Stated Sergeant Kumar. “Sergeant Schultz’s quick thinking saved a man’s life this morning.”
The New Westminster Police Department adopted the use of Naloxone in February of 2017 as a means to save lives in opioid overdose situations. The drug, which enters the body through a nasal spray, reverses the effects of opioids.
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Sanjay Kumar