ON Thursday at approximately 6:20 p.m., a frontline Surrey RCMP officer spotted a man who climbed over a fence into a construction site at 9887 Whalley Boulevard. When the officer called out to the man, he ran and climbed to the top of a forty-story crane.
Shortly after 10 p.m., the man jumped from the crane and did not survive.
Numerous units and agencies were deployed to assist, including the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, a crisis negotiator, and Surrey RCMP’s Car 67, which pairs a police officer with a mental health nurse.
“There were many witnesses to this incident, including members of the public and media,” said Cpl. Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. “Witnessing a tragedy can be very impactful and emotionally disturbing. We would like to encourage anyone who may need help as a result of witnessing this incident to reach out to their healthcare provider.”