The bullet that an Abbotsford Police Department officer fired last Friday to deflate the tire on a fleeing suspect’s vehicle may have imbedded itself into the side of a nearby house.
Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said ballistic tests are being run on the bullet to determine whether it was the single shot fired by the officer. He added that the circumstances fit the complaint by a homeowner on Juniper Crescent.
MacDonald said the bullet pierced the vinyl siding, but did not penetrate the wall.
“The round was pretty mangled by the time it made its way to the residence,” he said.
The discharge of the firearm is being reviewed by police.
On Nov. 4 a uniformed officer from the department’s patrol division had an interaction with a 34-year-old man driving a grey Dodge pick-up truck hauling a trailer in the 3400 block of Juniper Crescent. The officer recognized the man from prior contacts with police.
As the vehicle raced away, the officer fired a single shot into the tire of the pick-up truck.
The circumstances of the firearm discharge are being reviewed.
APD patrol officers and RCMP helicopter Air One searched for the suspect and the vehicle. About 45 minutes later, at 10:45 a.m. the suspect was located in the area of Cassiar Avenue and McKee Road driving a red Ford Focus. Police stopped that vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The pick-up was located off-road on Eagle Mountain.
MacDonald said discussions with the homeowners are still preliminary, and “not by any stretch done.”
“We’ve obviously taking this matter very seriously,” he said, adding the residents are being “very reasonable.”
He said the home owners do not want their name or address released to the public or media.