Surrey RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald speaks to media Sunday. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Officers ‘breathe sigh of relief’ after suspect arrested in Surrey transit cop shooting

Police say Daon Gordon Glasgow was arrested ‘without incident’

Surrey RCMP say officers and the public can “breathe a sigh of relief” after the suspect in the Scott Road Skytrain station shooting Jan. 30 was arrested Sunday morning.

Daon Gordon Glasgow was arrested in a fourplex on the 7500-block of Boundary Road in Burnaby at approximately 5:30 a.m. Nobody was injured during the arrest.

Glasglow is the suspect in the shooting of 27-year-old transit cop Joshua Harms, who has since been released from hospital.

The arrest involved the Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service, Air 1 and Burnaby RCMP.

At a news conference Sunday morning, Surrey RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald said three other people were inside the residence at the time of Glasgow’s arrest. The individuals were detained and subsequently released.

McDonald said he could not, at this time, say what the three individuals’ connections are to the suspect.

McDonald said Glasgow is in police custody with regard to an outstanding warrant for being unlawfully at large, and charges are yet to be laid in regards to the shooting of Harms.

“I am extremely proud of the Surrey RCMP. I’m proud of how they continue to serve with the utmost professionalism. Proud of their response to this crisis and their assistance to the Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Proud of how they worked around the clock to put themselves at risk to serve and protect this community,” McDonald said.

McDonald delivered a message to Const. Harms at the news conference.

“We wish you the best in your recovery and we thank you for your service,” McDonald said.

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Transit Police deputy chief Barry Kross thanked the Surrey RCMP, the public and media at the conference.

He said Harms is doing well and recovering at home.

“And as early as yesterday, just showing his character, Const. Harms attended our offices to the briefing of his squad to make sure he can raise and bolster their feelings during this period of time,” Kross said at the conference. “They were very concerned about his well-being and he personally attended to make sure that they knew he was doing well.”

Following the news conference, the City of Surrey issued a press release on behalf of Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum.

“I want to thank the men and women of Surrey RCMP and commend the work they have done in bringing the Scott Road SkyTrain Station shooting suspect into custody.

“Their dedication, expertise and relentless work are a testament to the successful outcome achieved this morning. I would also like to extend my thanks to all the law enforcement agencies that assisted in today’s arrest,” McCallum said in the release.

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Glasgow, who was “known to police,” was previously released from prison on a reduced sentence for the 2010 shooting death of a man at a Surrey McDonald’s.

In April 2011 Glasgow, who had originally been charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting Terry Blake Scott in the chest inside the men’s washroom of the McDonald’s restaurant at 11011 Scott Road, during dinner hour when families were present.

Crime Stoppers was offering an unspecified cash reward leading to the arrest of Glasgow.

With files from Lauren Collins and Tom Zytaruk

 

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