Man shot to death by Transit Police identified
Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:28PM PST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:32PM PST
The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the 23-year-old man who was killed in a police shooting in Surrey last weekend.
Naverone Christian Landon Woods was shot inside a Safeway grocery store by a Transit Police officer around 8 a.m. Sunday.
He was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The Coroners Service said Woods was from Hazelton, a small town northeast of Prince Rupert, but was spending time in Surrey. His family has been notified of his death.
B.C.’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office, has taken conduct of the case but has confirmed few details about what led up to the fatal shooting.
An employee at the Safeway, located on King George Highway, said Woods had been stabbing himself repeatedly in the torso with a knife before officers arrived.
That account has not been verified by police.
CTV News obtained surveillance footage taken minutes earlier at a nearby convenience store that captured Woods pacing back and forth. A worker said she called 911 after hearing Woods asking for a knife over and over.
Transit officers were the first to arrive on the scene because they were steps away at Surrey Central SkyTrain Station.
Both the IIO and B.C. Coroners Service are continuing to investigate the incident.