Man shot by RCMP in Surrey has died, police say
Published Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:36PM PDT
A 46-year-old man, who was shot by the RCMP in Surrey on Tuesday evening, has died.
Mounties say the shooting victim -- who has since been identified as Surrey resident Kenneth Keith Baines -- is known to police.
He was shot at around 7:40 p.m. after he was seen driving a stolen vehicle in a warehouse complex in the 12600 block of 80th Avenue.
Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the Lower Mainland RCMP says he was the sole occupant of a brown 1992 Honda Accord, which was reported stolen at about noon on July 14.
When members of the Surrey RCMP community response tame attempted to contain the stolen vehicle and arrest the man, police say he tried to flee by ramming a police car with his vehicle.
One of the RCMP officers reacted by discharging his gun, striking the suspect in the head and neck area, Sgt. Thiessen says.
According to police, this allowed the officer to gain control of the suspect, who was subsequently transported to a local hospital by ambulance.
On Tuesday night, RCMP Sgt. Roger Morrow said the case had been handed over to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), which he said will take an "arms length approach."
The investigative team deployed to this incident includes members from the Abbotsford Police Department.
The Chair for the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) has invoked the Independent Observer Program. As a result, the CPC Observer has been engaged with the investigative team to provide civilian oversight to the investigation, independent of the police.
Thiessen said the public will be provided with further information as the investigation proceeds.