This Week in Policing – March 27, 2009

What a varied week it has been.  From more shootings, to good will, to our brothers and sisters to the south saying good-bye to four officers, it’s been a busy one.



  •  March 20 – A text message currently circulating around to many cell phone subscribers across Vancouver is an apparent hoax. The message states that a gang initiation shooting will take place at a Wal Mart store, however, the text is generic and does not specify a time or location.   Vancouver Police are receiving calls from concerned cell phone subscribers and want to notify the public that this apparent hoax has been circulating across Canada and the United States since 2005.
  • March 23 – The man who died in the police-involved shooting on Friday, March 20th was identified as 58 year-old Michael Vann Hubbard of no fixed address.  The autopsy has revealed that he died of a single gunshot.  Investigators are currently reviewing surveillance video of the incident obtained from two separate sources.  All inquiries are being handled by the Abbotsford Police Department
  • March 26 – A suspicious circumstance occurred just before 1:00 p.m. on March 26th, at Grandview Elementary.  A six year-old female student was playing near the fence at the south end of the playground that borders Grandview Hwy when she felt a man grab her hand.  She pulled her hand away and watched as the man got into a nearby white pick up with a woman and a child inside and drove off.  The child reported the incident to the school and police were called.  We are asking anyone with information to contact investigators at 604-717-2541
  • March 27 – A man is recovering in hospital from a gunshot woundto his left forearm and right thumb following an overnight shooting in the 3000 block of Kingsway Avenue.  Police responded to the Cassandra Hotel after witnesses reported hearing shots fired in the lane behind the hotel.  Police removed four people from a suite along with another man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his arm.  A sixth man then shut the door and refused to come out. Emergency Response Team members and a police negotiator were called to assist and after two hours, the intoxicated man came out. No other people or weapons were found in the suite.  Although this appears to be a targeted incident it is too early to say if it is gang related.  Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver Police or Crime Stoppers


British Columbia

  •  Maple Ridge, March 24 – A six-hour standoff with an armed suicidal man in Maple Ridge ended safely Wednesday morning, when the 34-year-old gave himself up to police.
  • Nanaimo, March 24A police officer was assaulted and injured during a traffic stop on Tuesday.  Two suspects were arrested, and the officer is off with minor injuries.
  • Abbotsford, March 25Two Abbostford police officers helped save a man after his car flipped into a water filled ditch.
  • Langley, March 26100 pounds of explosives were located in a the back yard of a home in Langley.  Thank goodness for the Explosives Disposal Unit.  No one was injured, and one can only imagine what someone was doing with all this stuff in the first place.
  • As titled in The Province newspaperBC Thieves Make off with Bull Semen – I say “pardon?”  You have to read this one.



  • The man charged with the 2008 first degree murder death of 14 year old Emily Stauffer of Edson, Alberta has now been charged with three counts involving sexual touching.  There is no good news in this story, and my thought and prayers are with Emily’s family as they endure this incredibly difficult time.  No parent ever expects to bury a child, and I cannot even begin to image what they are going through. 


Oakland, California, United States

In much the same way a parent never expects to bury a child, a police officer never wants to bury a comrade. 
While serving their communties, four police officers with the Oakland Police Department died in the line of duty last week. 
Law enforcement funerals are an offical way for the officer’s department and comrades to pay respects to their sacrifice.  The memorial service held today in Oakland had the same overtones of grief that the 2005 RCMP Memorial did, after four RCMP officers were shot and killed in Mayerthorpe, Alberta.

To Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Police Officer John Hege, Sgt. Ervin Romans and Sgt. Daniel Sakai – rest easy, brothers, I bid you godspeed. 

Taps from the Oakland Memorial Service, Friday, March 27th, 2009:


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