Mounties in Surrey are hunting for a person who shot a Transit Police officer on the Scott Road SkyTrain station platform on Wednesday afternoon.While police continued their search for the suspect Thursday morning, TransLink said early in the morning that it had reopened the SkyTrain station and trains were stopping at Scott Road Station. The station had been closed down Wednesday afternoon and people were told to lock their doors while investigators scoured the area.
Surrey RCMP had the highlighted area cordoned off Thursday morning as they searched for the suspected gunman.
Surrey RCMP say investigators remain in the area, and vehicles entering and leaving the area at King George Boulevard to 114th Avenue and 125A Street to 124 Street will continue to be checked by police.Police are asking non-residents to stay away from the area as the police investigation continues.Mounties received 911 calls reporting a shooting around 4:20 p.m., Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald said at a news conference late Wednesday.At the same time, Metro Vancouver Transit Police informed the RCMP that one of their officers had been shot on the platform at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station.
Surrey RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald looks at photos of the shooting subject.
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According to an employee at the nearby Hertz Car Sales, there were several gunshots fired, followed by multiple police cars arriving five minutes later.Surrey RCMP, an RCMP emergency response team, a police dog and a helicopter unit were working to track down the man, who is believed to be armed, McDonald said.The man is described as in his 20s with dark skin, a dark stubble goatee and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and white Nike runners with a black Swoosh logo.As of late Wednesday, investigators had contained two areas, including King George Boulevard to 114th Avenue, and 125A Street to 124 Street. Scott Road Station remained closed and officers were there to help people remove their cars from the parking lot, McDonald said.“For residents who live within the containment area, we are asking you to stay inside and to lock your doors,” McDonald said. “Please turn on any exterior lights and call 911 if you see anything suspicious, and please do not attempt to apprehend the (subject) if you see him or encounter him. Please call the police, call 911.”McDonald said he could not provide more details of the police investigation.The Transit Police officer who was shot received serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital but released late Wednesday evening.He was identified as 27-year-old Const. Josh Harms, who has three years of service with the force. McDonald said he had multiple injuries.On Thursday, Transit Police said Harms will be meeting with specialists to determine the extent of his injuries and treatment options.
RCMP have cordoned off an area of the Bridgeview neighbourhood in Surrey as they continue the search for the gunman on Jan. 31, 2019.
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Sgt. Clint Hampton of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police said Harms was working a regular afternoon patrol shift.Police said he approached the man to “engage” with him and almost immediately came under fire.Hampton said Harms was in “good spirits”McDonald said Scott Road Station could remain closed for “some time” while police investigate the platform crime scene and more than 80 officers work in the two containment areas. It has since reopened.The Millennium and Canada Line trains continued to operate normally.RCMP also released a video of the man they were hunting for, McDonald said. Multiple witnesses are being questioned.Surrey RCMP are asking anyone with information that may help them identify or apprehend the suspect to call a tip line at 604-502-6284.
Police question drivers as they continue to search for a gunman in the Surrey neighbourhood of Bridgeview on Jan. 31, 2019.
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— With files from Harrison Mooney and Tiffany Crawford