Brazen shooting of corrections officer ‘unacceptable for us in Delta,’ says mayor

Retired Vancouver Police officer Brad Stephen at the scene of a shooting which killed a corrections officer on Saturday.

Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord and Mayor George Harvie tried to reassure city residents Tuesday that they are safe despite the brazen weekend shooting in a crowded mall parking lot that left a correctional officer dead.

Dubord did not provide new information about the murder of Bikramdeep Randhawa , 29, who was shot inside his car just outside the Scottsdale mall parking lot at 72nd Avenue and 120th Street.

But he said the small police force has all the resources it needs to solve the high-profile murder, despite Delta not being a member of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

He also urged members of the public to submit any video or photo evidence they might have directly to the Delta Police website.

Harvie said the community “is in shock over the recent targeted shooting.”

 Correctional officer Bikram Randhawa was shot to death in Delta May 1, 2021

“On behalf of myself and council, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the victim’s family and colleagues at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre,” Harvie said. “Of course, the shooting has left our community shaken, but I want to assure them as mayor and chair of the police board that Chief Dubord has all the resources that he needs to ensure we’re keeping our community safe. And we’re doing our best to find out who actually did this act.”

He said the public slaying “is unacceptable for us in Delta. We’re known as one of the safest cities in Canada, in B.C. and in the Lower Mainland. And we intend to stay that way. What we are also known for is solving crimes.”

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Brazen shooting of corrections officer ‘unacceptable for us in Delta,’ says mayor