METRO Vancouver Transit Police recently arrested a man who allegedly attempted to fire a handgun outside of a busy Surrey convenience store.
On February 24, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers were alerted to a man standing outside a convenience store across the street from Surrey Central SkyTrain Station who was allegedly racking a handgun, evidently preparing to use it. Individuals near the suspect, including the convenience store owner, tackled the suspect after seeing the gun in his hand.
Upon seeing Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers arrive on scene, the suspect broke free and took off. Following a brief foot chase, the suspect was arrested behind a neighbouring business and a loaded Glock 19 handgun was recovered from inside his waistband. One officer was injured during the arrest and taken to hospital. He was released shortly after and is now recovering at home.
Charged with multiple firearms offences, including possession of a prohibited firearm, is 36-year-old Kevin Richard Petit from Saskatchewan who is considered a high-risk violent offender. Petit has been remanded and remains in police custody.
“Whenever a firearm is involved in a call, it presents a volatile and often unpredictable situation where the potential for tragedy is heightened. Thankfully, this situation was resolved quickly and without serious injury to anyone involved,” said Constable Amanda Steed on Thursday. “Transit Police would never recommend that bystanders put themselves at risk. We urge those who witness or who are in immediate danger, to call 9-1-1.”
For non-emergency police issues, text Transit Police directly and discreetly at 87.77.77, or call 604.515.8300.