Surrey SkyTrain shooting: Suspect arrested in ‘scary’ pre-dawn raid
Surrey RCMP said Sunday that shooting suspect Daon Glasgow is in custody.
Jenny had an early shift Sunday morning and had set her alarm for 5:13 a.m.
But she was jolted out of bed at her family’s Burnaby home, first by people’s loud voices outside the house on the front street that faces her bedroom, then by banging on the front door and popping noises she said sounded like gunshots.
Still groggy and unable to make sense of what she was hearing, she looked out the window.
“I saw a man with a big gun running by. It was so scary. He was hiding behind that tree,” she said, indicating the yard across from her house.
She said the surreal scene of armed police and an armoured vehicle metres from her front door felt “like something you only see in a movie. I was shocked.”
Jenny, who said she was too fearful to use her real name, lives directly behind the fourplex on Boundary Road and Rumble Avenue that a large force of police raided before dawn on Sunday to arrest a suspect in the Jan. 30 shooting of a Transit Police officer at the Scott Road SkyTrain station.
Police had been searching for Daon Glasgow, 35, since identifying the man as a suspect on Thursday.
Police evacuated the residents in the other suites of the large, modern two-storey grey stucco house in the 7500 block of Boundary Road before moving in to arrest Glasgow.
Police used a variety of officers — including Surrey and Burnaby Mounties, an RCMP emergency response teams, canine unit and a helicopter — for the 5:30 a.m. arrest.
No one was injured.
Glasgow, who was on parole after serving time for manslaughter, was being held on an earlier Canada-wide warrant for breach of parole conditions.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald said no charges had been approved in connection with the Scott Road SkyTrain station shooting that left Const. Josh Harms, 27, with gunshot wounds to both arms. He said police are in discussion with the B.C. Prosecution Service, which must approve any charges.
It was still dark, but from her home’s front window, Jenny took a picture of the large armoured vehicle used in the operation and played a reporter a video in which you could see red-and-blue flashing lights and hear popping noises.
“Was that gunshots? I don’t know,” she said. “I thought it was shooting.”
Part of the back fence of the raided house was reduced to a pile of boards and a front ground-floor picture window had several large holes punched through it. Most of the glass in a smaller window on the side of the house had been broken, leaving a jagged gaping hole.
Pictured is the Burnaby home where Daon Glasgow was arrested early Sunday. Glasgow is the man sought in the investigation into the shooting of a Transit Police officer Wednesday.
“It was around 5:10 and I heard people talking loudly outside,” said Jenny as she stood at the front door of her house hours after the raid. “Then someone was banging loudly on the door and they didn’t say anything.”
Her father got up to answer and she warned him away.
“I saw the police outside but I didn’t know who was banging on the door,” she said. “I was freaked out.”
She said she and her brother both heard someone yell out: “You’re under arrest!”
To get to work on time, Jenny would have to leave at 6:00, so she called 911 and was told it was safe to go outside. But when she opened the door, an officer yelled at her to go back inside.
Soon after, they knocked on the door and told her she could leave her house.
”This is a quiet area,” she said. “Something like this has never happened here before. I don’t feel safe.”
McDonald said Glasgow’s arrest was considered “high-risk.”
“We had to consider that this was not a targeted event, that the suspect was armed with a firearm and at large in public and there was a heightened risk for violence,” he said.
Police detained three other people in the fourplex during the arrest, but they were later released.
Police continued through the day to investigate the site, with officers taking photographs.
McDonald would not comment on how officers tracked Glasgow to the home but said police relied on “covert” investigative techniques.
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