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Vancouver shootings: Gerald Battersby to appear in court, may enter plea

11/03/2014 11:05 EST | Updated 01/03/2015 05:59 EST
The man accused of a violent shooting in downtown Vancouver in broad daylight in early June is scheduled to appear in B.C. provincial court Monday morning.

- CHARGES Gerald Battersby charged in Yaletown, Science World shootings

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- SUSPECT Gerald Battersby talked about suicide, ex-boss says

Gerald Battersby faces 10 charges including six for attempted murder, after allegedly shooting his former boss, Reckless bike shop owner Paul Dragan, 52, outside a Starbucks in Yaletown.

Battersby allegedly exchanged fire with police, then fled on a bike along the seawall to Science World, where he was arrested. During his arrest he was shot by police in his leg, arm and knee.

The dramatic shootout shocked the community, who rallied around Dragan. A retired doctor, who was passing by, was credited with saving Dragan's life as he lay bleeding to death on the busy street.

At a news conference at the time, police said the shooting was unprecedented.

"I've been a police officer for over 33 years. I’ve never seen anything like this happen in Vancouver.… It is an extraordinary and rare event,"  Deputy Chief Const. Doug LePard told reporters in June.

According to a former employer, Battersby talked about suicide before the shooting. His brother was also concerned about what he called his increasingly erratic behaviour.

Battersby has appeared in court multiple times already, but Monday's proceedings are expected to be an arraignment and he may enter a plea.

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