The Delta police officer charged with second degree murder after a standoff two years ago at the Starlight Casino says he had a reasonable fear he or his colleagues could be killed.
Jordan MacWilliams and the Corporation of Delta has filed a response to a lawsuit, shedding light, for the first time, on exactly what may have occurred that fateful day.
Mehrdad Bayrami’s daughter, Nousha, launched a lawsuit last year claiming damages for loss of love, and negligence.
But MacWilliams is denying any wrong-doing.
In a response to her notice of civil claim, MacWilliams says he was designated “lethal over watch” and felt compelled to shoot Bayrami, after he leveled and pointed his handgun at police.
MacWilliams says he “had a reasonable fear that the handgun would be fired creating a risk of death or grievous bodily harm.”
Bayrami’s daughter claims in her suit that her dad was walking backwards, away from police with his hands by his side, when he was shot.
None of the allegations has been proven in court. A pre-trial conference of MacWilliams is slated for Thursday.