A coroner’s inquest has made eight recommendations in the wake of the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man inside of a Surrey grocery store by Transit Police.
Naverone Woods died in 2014 of gunshot wounds and self-inflicted stab wounds.
Among the recommendations, two for Transit Police.
The inquest jury suggests Transit Police implement a program like the “Car 67” initiative used by the RCMP, in which a uniformed officer and mental health nurse respond to the call of someone suffering a public breakdown.
The jury also asked Transit Police to review the incident with a chance to learn from preventing deaths in similar cases.
It is also making recommendations to TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to implement better mental health training for drivers and security, along with looking at implementing panic buttons and direct communication lines to transit operators.
The recommendations come on the third day of the inquest, which heard from Transit Police officers and TransLink bus drivers.
One driver testified that Woods had appeared agitated and began pounding on her bus doors, after which she phoned police and told other drivers not to let him on their buses.
Later, Transit Police officers testified they were called to a Surrey Safeway, where staff told them Woods was carrying a pair of knives and chasing employees.
One officer added that Woods was bleeding from stab wounds to his stomach, and lunged at her when they entered the store.