Large avatar naveroneclwoods

Naverone Christian Landon Woods‬, 23
Surrey, British Columbia
December 28, 2014

Agencies: Independent Investigations Office British Columbia

Last updated: about 1 month ago

Overview Help icon

When Naverone Christian Landon Woods saw his family in Hazelton, B.C., in early December, all was good, his step-brother said. The 23-year-old had just lined up full-time work in Vancouver and was looking forward to heading back to the city-life that he loved.

That's why Ed Patsey was shocked when he recognized his younger step-brother on the evening news as the distraught man who had been shot and killed by transit police on Sunday morning. 

 Patsey knew it was his younger step-brother from the surveillance tape at the convenience store and said he can't explain the bizarre behaviour in Woods' final moments. 

"I watched the news and knew it was him," he said. "No one contacted us to let us know and that's a horrible way to find out."

That's when Patsey frantically started making calls to his relatives in Vancouver to find out what happened.

Woods was shot by police shortly after 8 a.m. PT on Dec. 28, in the Safeway store at 10355 King George Highway. 

He was seen by witnesses banging his head against a wall at a Skytrain station and then a short while later, a convenience store clerk described him as agitated and demanding a knife.

Woods was next seen inside a Safeway shirtless and stabbing himself with a knife he grabbed at the grocery store. That's when police arrived and directed him to drop the knife, according to witnesses. When he didn't and moved towards the police officers, he was shot, police say

Woods was rushed to the Royal Columbian Hospital but was pronounced dead soon after arrival at hospital, said the statement issued by the coroner's office on Wednesday.

Community and Family Efforts Help icon

#NativeLivesMatter