It was a packed courtroom as a Delta Police officer who shot and killed a man in a New Westminster police standoff three years ago took to the stand in the Coroner’s Inquest.
Constable Jordan MacWilliams remembers racing to the standoff near the Starlight Casino from Delta and then lying on the ground for hours watching though the scope of his gun while 48-year-old Mehrdad Bayrami negotiated with police while holding his pistol.
MacWilliams says at some point Bayrami, still holding his gun, started walking towards officers.
“That’s when I fired when I saw him holding his gun at us, and then he dropped to the ground.”
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When asked if he yelled out a warning before he fired, MacWilliams responded “no, I was very focused on what I was doing.”
MacWilliams was originally charged with second degree murder in the death, but that charge was dropped.
Video of the fatal shooting was played during the inquest as Bayrami’s daughter let out loud sobs from the front row.
The video show Bayrami falling down to the ground and then rolling from side to side until a police dog was released to pull Bayrami away from the pistol he had been holding.
Dr. Manoj Singhal, a family doctor with psychiatric expertise who treated Bayrami, was first to testify in the inquest, saying Bayrami was clinically depressed and suicidal.
Yesterday, Bayrami’s ex-girlfriend testified he was harassing her, going so far as to plant a GPS tracker on her car and phoning her upwards of 60 times a day.