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Vancouver police have fired a second officer over the fatal shooting of a mall police officer in the city’s north.
Victoria police say in a statement they are investigating a shooting on March 20 that killed a police officer, identified as Cpl.
Brian S. Smith, 41.
Victoria’s Ministry of Public Safety says in a separate statement that it is reviewing the officer’s actions and is cooperating with the RCMP’s investigation.
The statement did not say if the shooting involved Smith.
A third officer was placed on administrative leave.
Victoria Police Chief Bob Graham said in a news conference on March 22 that Smith fired his weapon in response to a call from the mall and that the officers responded to reports of a suspicious person at the mall.
Police said the mall is a popular destination for tourists and is known for its shopping.
The mall is owned by the Canadian International Group, which operates Victoria’s malls, and it is in the process of relocating to an undisclosed location.
“We understand that this officer had a personal relationship with one of our officers, and that this relationship had been investigated at the time of the incident,” Graham said.
Victoria says the incident began at a shopping centre on the south side of the city, where the shooting happened.
“At that point, the officer and the other officer were called to the mall by mall security,” Victoria Police wrote in a press release.
“When they arrived on scene, the mall security officer attempted to detain a suspect.
That suspect fled into the parking lot, and the mall police responded and arrested the suspect.”
Police said an investigation revealed Smith fired a single shot from a .38-caliber handgun at Smith, who was hit in the chest and died at the scene.
“As the suspect was placed into custody, a second suspect exited the mall with a loaded firearm and opened fire on the officer,” police wrote.
Police say Smith was killed instantly.
The incident is under investigation.
Sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.ms., Smith, a 20-year veteran of the Victoria Police Service, and another officer arrived at the Victoria Mall.
According to the statement, a female mall security guard told the officers that someone had fired a gun into the shopping centre and that they needed to go inside.
Officers followed the guards into the mall, where Smith, whose position was that of an officer, confronted the male mall security guards, who had arrived to assist the mall’s management.
A struggle ensued as Smith tried to handcuff the suspect, and a struggle ensued when the suspect continued to resist arrest.
Smith fired at least one round, striking Smith, according to the police statement.
Smith was struck in the head, and his body was found a short time later by security personnel who had responded to a report of a woman trying to enter the mall through the parking garage.
The officers involved were not injured.
According the statement the mall was evacuated, and police said a security guard found Smith’s body in the parking area.
Victoria RCMP said the shooting was “an isolated incident” and the investigation is ongoing.
The investigation was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.
The shooting is the second fatal police-involved shooting at the Vancouver mall in the past year.
In July, a Victoria police officer was fatally shot in a shooting that occurred at a mall in Surrey.
The woman who was charged with attempted murder in the case was released on bail and is due in court later this month.
In November, Victoria police charged an officer who was shot while responding to a shooting in a Vancouver apartment complex, which happened at the same time as the mall shooting.
That shooting was the third fatal police shooting in Victoria in 2015.
In December, a Vancouver police officer who shot at a man who tried to run down a street sign was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of the man.
The case has been referred to the Special Investigations Unit.