RCMP shoot and kill man in Burnaby
CTV British Columbia
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 7:53AM PST
Last Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:08PM PST
The man shot and killed after an early morning confrontation with police in Burnaby was apparently wielding a knife.
Neighbours who spoke with CTV News reported hearing up to three gunshots during the police-involved shooting, which happened around 1 a.m. on Hastings Street, just east of the Vancouver-Burnaby border.
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) confirms a man was shot by a Burnaby RCMP officer while investigating a 911 call concerning a man carrying a knife in the 4100-block of Albert Street.
A news release said officers were about one block away from the scene when they spotted a man matching the description provided by the caller.
The man was rushed to hospital following the incident, but was pronounced dead shortly after. Police haven’t commented on what caused the confrontation and how the situation escalated into a shooting.
Seven investigators with IIO are now probing the incident, and have met with Burnaby RCMP.
Police blocked off Hastings Street and used a plastic tarp to cover what appears to be a knife. The normally busy commuter route was closed to traffic during the morning rush hour.