B.C. cop originally charged with murder says he shot when man aimed gun
Mehrdad Bayrami was shot and killed outside the Starlight Casino in New Westminster, B.C., Nov. 8, 2012.
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:32PM EST
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.
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.