BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mounties open fire on the streets of Surrey, B.C., after two cruisers rammed

11/21/2014 06:48 EST | Updated 01/21/2015 05:59 EST
SURREY, B.C. - Police fired their weapons on the streets of Surrey, B.C., during a lunch-hour incident that saw two cruisers rammed by a fleeing car.

RCMP say nobody was hit by the officers' gunfire in the city's Newton town centre.

The incident erupted early Friday afternoon when Mounties say plain clothes officers attempted to stop a suspect vehicle that was trying to escape.

RCMP Inspector Bruce Stuart says the car was boxed in by the RCMP cruisers, and the driver tired to ram his way out.

Police say two males and one female were arrested, and one of the suspects later joined two officers at hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Surrey RCMP says its serious crimes' unit is now investigating, and the police watchdog known as the Independent Investigations Office has been notified but is not involved.

“There’s significant damage to the police vehicles, as it was a fairly violent ramming in an attempt to escape," says Stuart. "As a result, two members were injured and taken to hospital."

(The Canadian Press,News 1130)