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Reports of shots fired in downtown Coquitlam

Coquitlam RCMP and emergency vehicles are on scene near Glen Drive and Pinetree Way.

2:20 p.m., September 22

In response to the fatal police shooting in Coquitlam, Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley and Tour de Coast have canceled their closing ceremonies, which were scheduled for 2 p.m. today, September 22.

“Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with their families and loved ones,” the Cops for Cancer team said in a statement.

The tours raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Meanwhile, the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment lowered its flags to half-mast while TransLink said some bus routes were affected by the road closures.

12:15 p.m., September 22

An RCMP officer is dead and another officer injured after a shooting in downtown Coquitlam this morning, September 22, Tri-City News confirmed.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. at an apartment building at Pinetree Way and Glen Drive while a search warrant was being executed.

Police are advising the public to avoid the area as it is an “active crime scene”.

And traffic is partially closed along both streets.

Passersby told media at the scene that they heard several gunshots and saw a person bleeding on a stretcher.

A nearby business owner said it was “worse than Los Angeles” when he lived there.

This morning, at the close of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention, BC Premier David Eby confirmed to media that a “critical incident” was occurring in Coquitlam ; however, “there is no longer a threat to public safety.”

More soon….

11:15 a.m., September 22

THE Tri-City News investigating reports of shots fired in the area of ​​Glen Drive and Pinetree Way in the downtown Coquitlam area.

There are unconfirmed reports of shots fired and the incident continues at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, September 22.

Reporter Janis Cleugh is on scene and says there are several emergency vehicles in the area.

Glen Drive, between Pinetree Way and High Street, is blocked and a police helicopter is flying overhead.

Members of the Lower Mainland RCMP Emergency Response Team are also on scene. One was seen walking with a body shield, and a police dog team is in the area.

Victim support services would also be ready to intervene.

The RCMP has not yet issued a press release or statement on the events.

However, in a social media post, Coquitlam RCMP are asking drivers to avoid the area.

Additionally, the City of Coquitlam has closed the Glen Pine Pavilion for the remainder of the day, canceling all planned programs and activities.

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