B.C. cop originally charged with murder says he shot when man aimed gun

BURNABY, B.C. -- A British Columbia police officer says he wanted to keep himself and his friends safe when he fatally shot an armed man during a five-hour standoff outside a Metro Vancouver casino.

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Delta Police Const. Jordan MacWilliams told a coroner's inquest that he was assigned the role of "lethal overwatch" during a hostage rescue where 48-year-old Mehrdad Bayrami was killed in November 2012.

MacWilliams says throughout the standoff he was 100-per-cent focused on Bayrami's hand and fired his weapon after he saw the man's gun point directly at him.

MacWilliams was originally charged with second-degree murder, but charges against him were later stayed.

Police were originally called when a casino employee witnessed a man threatening a woman with a pistol through live security footage.

Bayrami's daughter filed a civil lawsuit against the officer claiming he shot her father without warning or justification, but the lawsuit was later dismissed by consent from the parties.



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