Cop who shot suspect feared for her life, inquest hears 0
Brendon Beddow banged his head with his fist and appeared to be on drugs at the time he was brandishing a pistol and yelling at police, the officer who shot him said Tuesday at a B.C. Coroners Service inquest.
Surrey RCMP Const. Heather Martin fired a round that struck Beddow after another Mountie fired an initial shot in March 2011.
Martin testified she felt her life and those of other officers were in danger as Beddow pointed the pistol in their direction.
“He went from pointing the firearm to making gestures like he was shooting the gun,” Martin said. “If I didn’t shoot him, he was going to shoot me.”
A witness told the inquest Monday Beddow was a frequent user of cocaine and heroin, among other drugs, and that he often carried firearms.
Tuesday Martin said he seemed to become more agitated as the short standoff continued.
“He looked like he was high on something,” describing how Beddow was banging his head with his fist during the standoff. “He wasn’t reasonable at all.”
The incident began when Beddow arrived at a Crescent Beach home and began having an argument with someone, which turned physical before police were called.
One of the officers apparently knew Beddow and used his name when shouting at him to drop the revolver in his hand.
Shortly after the incident, police said the threat presented by Beddow was enough to fire two rounds at the man, hitting him once in the left side of his chest.