"Postmedia learned the officer was with city parks staff checking on a homeless camp or lone tent in the 4000-block of Gilmore Avenue just before noon. A civilian found the officer critically wounded and called 911. Responding officers found a suspect, who was shot and wounded. The wounded man was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital and was said to be in stable condition. The officer was taken to Vancouver General Hospital where she was pronounced dead."
Homeless camp or lone tent - there's a big difference. When a bear kills someone you put the bear down. These homeless camps are not what they used to be. Housing is a legitimate concern but promoting drug use and lawlessness is not the answer. This is the change each community needs to address. What we are doing now is wrong. We need to stop it.
Update: I rode down to the scene and it was all blocked off still. CTV and Global had cameras and reporters on scene. Kamil Karamali from Global was doing a live interview and said it was a single tent that has been there a couple of weeks not a homeless camp.
He was able to get a visual from a balcony over the police tape and they had a helicopter in the air as well. He's actually a really nice guy. The kind of person that actually speaks with witnesses and is the kind of person witnesses would trust speaking to. I see from his Twitter they did a Crime Beat episode on the Maple Batalia murder. Maybe there's hope for Global after all.
#BREAKING: Burnaby RCMP release photo of Cst Shaelyn Yang, killed in stabbing incident today.— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) October 19, 2022
Burnaby RCMP describe her as compassionate and caring – using those skills at her job as part of the Mental Health and Homeless Outreach Team. @globalbc pic.twitter.com/wjz15l7x3S
Deep sigh.......It's always a bad day when an Officer goes down in the line of duty. RIP.ReplyDelete
I agree so much. Your right about that. I am sad that she is gone.Delete
I live in this area. The man has been there 6 or more months; not a few weeks. He seemed mentally ill. He’d yell at people, walk in circles talking to himself and threw rocks at the dogs in the park. It is true it was a single tent.ReplyDelete
That was amazing, the RCMP sergeant making the announcement felt he had to address the fact that they were standing on "ancestral land" and how thankful they were for that before he said anything about Constable Yang's line of duty death. Give your head a shake. Secondly, why was she working alone? A civilian is not a substitute for a partner, especially when dealing with people living on the street, a huge number of whom have metal health/drug issues.ReplyDelete
They have done this in Winnipeg and many other agencies across the county. Liberal governments soft on crime (no consequences) & legalization/safe injection sites, big pharmaceutical companies getting doctors to push their pills for different mental illness issues.recipe for disaster!Delete
"Secondly, why was she working alone? A civilian is not a substitute for a partner, ... "ReplyDelete
There should be a WorkSafe BC investigation. Her superiors, the RCMP and the City of Burnaby should be named, shamed and penalized.
RCMP officers usually work alone and have for some decades.ReplyDelete
The individual as described in the media indicates they had mental health issues. Given the lack of resources in our society to deal with this, there will be deaths.
It is most unfortunate that this RCMP officer was murdered. My condolences to her family and friends.
With the officer's murder it ought to be clear to everyone, that any one can be murdered by another, even when they're trained and educated in dealing with the mentally ill.