Man waving machete shot by police in Surrey

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.”

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.

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

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