It’s day two of the Coroner’s Inquest into the December 2014 death of Naverone Woods, a man shot by police in a Safeway near a Surrey Central SkyTrain Station.
The inquest is hearing from the two officers involved in the shooting, and dealing with questions around the use of a gun versus pepper spray.
Transit Police Officer Constable Lee Ezra says he and his partner Constable Pamela McKinnon were dispatched to Safeway for a man who was ‘irate’ and ‘out of control.’
Ezra testified that before he entered the store, an employee told him Woods had two knives in hand and was chasing employees.
The officer says he decided using pepper spray would not be the best option before he entered the store.
Constable Pamela McKinnon testified for the specific situation she and her partner were in, it was not required to use less force and pepper spray was not the best option.
McKinnon says when she and her partner entered Safeway, Woods had two knives in hand, was bleeding from stab wounds to his stomach, and kept pacing, waving the knives around.
She says when Woods began to “lunge” towards her partner from 10 feet away, she fired her gun twice, missing the first time but hitting Woods in the stomach the second time.
McKinnon was cleared by the Independent Investigations Office last year of any wrongdoing into Woods’ death.