SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A man wielding a machete was shot by Surrey RCMP in Whalley on Wednesday morning. The officer-involved shooting shut down a stretch of 135A Street just off of 106 Avenue in Whalley at around 4 a.m.
A witness at a nearby shelter tells NEWS 1130 he heard shots, and the man wouldn’t release the machete.
“Apparently some guy was running around with a machete,” the shelter employee said. “Had to call the cops, and cops came and he wouldn’t put down the knife.”
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The man recalls hearing about six to eight shots being fired.
“He was taken away and there was just a lot of police and all that,” the witness said.
The Surrey RCMP says it happened at 4:17 a.m., when it received reports of a man chasing another man down an alley with a machete. Officers tracked him down and during the interaction, fired their weapons. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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The Independent Investigations Office has been called in, as it investigates all cases in which a person is injured in interactions with police.
The Surrey RCMP is looking to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident. If you saw something, please call 604 599 0502.
-With files from Kurtis Doering