B.C. police officer charged with second-degree murder in fatal standoff outside casino

An ambulance leaves the scene at the conclusion of a standoff with police in New Westminster on Nov. 8, 2012. The suspect of the standoff was in the ambulance.

Wayne Leidenfrost / Postmedia NewsAn ambulance leaves the scene at the conclusion of a standoff with police in New Westminster on Nov. 8, 2012. The suspect of the standoff was in the ambulance.

A Vancouver-area police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal standoff outside a casino two years ago.

B.C.’s criminal justice branch said Const. Jordan MacWilliams is charged in the death of Mehrdad Bayrami, 48, who was shot in November 2012. MacWilliams, who works for the police force in Delta, south of Vancouver, appeared in court Monday and was released on bail.

Police were called to the Starlight Casino, located in nearby New Westminster, on Nov. 8, 2012, after the reports that shots had been fired in the parking lot.

Police blocked off the area, including closing a major commuter bridge, and spent several hours attempting to negotiate an end to the standoff. Patrons in the casino were ordered to stay inside.

By the day’s end, the province’s Independent Investigations Office, which handles serious cases involving police officers, announced a suspect had been shot. Bayrami later died in hospital.

Neither police nor the Independent Investigations Office has said what prompted the shooting.

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