SURREY, B.C. — A martial arts instructor who teaches gun self defence in Surrey, B.C., says he told his students to dive for cover as two police officers surrounded a man and started shooting just outside his warehouse studio.
Oneal Mendoza says he heard honking before a driver started ramming some bins in the alley as he tried to flee before two police cruisers boxed in the man’s car.
Mendoza, who could see the confrontation through his large studio door, says he heard an officer telling the man to stop before he fired about eight shots.
He says the officer then ran toward the suspect and yelled that he still had a pulse.
Mendoza says the injured man, who police say is alive and in hospital, appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s.
He says the incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, and that he initially thought police were conducting some kind of drill.
Police have confirmed the shooting, but have said very little about what happened.
Homicide investigators are now handling the case because it was a police shooting.