Shots were fired and a wanted man is dead after a standoff in Maple Ridge Wednesday.
Angus David Mitchell, 26, was taken alive to hospital by air ambulance, according to Ridge Meadows Supt. Dave Walsh. However, shortly after, police announced Mitchell had died.
On Wednesday morning RCMP released an urgent alert, warning the public Mitchell was wanted in connection with the attempted murder of his former landlord, a 51-year-old Burnaby man who was shot on Tuesday in front of his home in the 4400 block of Gilpin Crescent in Burnaby. That victim survived, but was reportedly in hospital in serious condition.
Mitchell, who is a former security guard and who was unknown to police before this, was also named as a person of interest in a May 27 double homicide that occurred inside a sushi restaurant on Royal Oak in Burnaby. A motive for these homicides has not been established, police say.
Mounties announced during a press conference Wednesday morning that Mitchell was believed to be in possession of a high-powered Mossberg Maverick rifle with a scope, and he was considered emotionally unstable, Mounties announced in a press confe.
“Within less than one hour of putting out that news release the Ridge Meadows RCMP received a tip from a member of the public who spotted the green Aerostar van that is associated with Angus Mitchell on this street in Maple Ridge, on 216th, just after 10 a.m.,” said RCMP Insp. Tim Shields, who spoke with media about one kilometre south of the area in which Mitchell was shot.
Mitchell’s van was located at 216th Street, just north of 132nd Avenue.
“Our plainclothes members set up surveillance on the vehicle and then called in the assistance of the Lower Mainland RCMP emergency response team (ERT), along with police service dogs section, as well as Air One,” Walsh explained.
ERT arrived and attempted to bring Mitchell into custody. Gunfire was exchanged, Walsh said.
“I can tell you that the suspect was alive when he left the scene, however his condition is considered grave,” the local top cop announced to media in a scrum just outside the yellow police tape.
Walsh added that he was pleased no officers were injured at this time.
Police seized a rifle from the scene.
As per RCMP policy, and commitment to accountability and transparency, Vancouver Police Department will be taking on the investigation of this police-involved shooting.