Sergeant John Jasmins

Delta: On February 20, an off-duty Delta Police officer, Acting Sergeant John Jasmins, witnessed an altercation between a man and a woman shortly after 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception elementary school in North Delta.

A/Sgt. Jasmins intervened, and during this process both he and a female victim received serious stab wounds.

Police began to receive 9-1-1 calls at 3:03 pm, and by 3:04 pm the first on-duty police officer arrived on scene. A suspect in the altercation was identified and taken into custody by 3:06 pm.

“We’d like to commend the actions of a number of members of the public who assisted during this event,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “I’ve said this many times – Delta is such a supportive community and you showed it again yesterday.”

“And of course I want to acknowledge our officer’s quick thinking and bravery. Investigators believe that if John hadn’t acted so quickly, the woman involved in this incident could have lost her life. He is a hero.”

Chief Dubord notes that although an incident such as this is a rare occurrence in Delta, the Department was ready to respond. Officers also began providing immediate first aid to the women and injured off-duty police officer. “Our officers performed at an extremely high level yesterday. I am so proud of the actions of all our officers responding to this incident. We train for these type of incidents and yesterday it paid off.”

“I want to thank the staff at Immaculate Conception and the parents at the school who leapt in to help immediately, calling 9-1-1, providing the initial first aid to the woman who was injured, and making sure the kids were looked after. And I want to express my gratitude to Surrey RCMP and my amazing wife and my children who were so brave, and had the awareness and composure to run to the nearest adult and direct them to call 911. My family and I are doing much better today. We want to also thank our broader law enforcement family and the public for all their support and well-wishes.”

The woman involved in the incident is a 41-year-old resident of Delta. She remains in serious condition, but is improving.

Manoj George, age 49 years old of Delta BC, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon. He was in a relationship with the woman who was injured in this incident.

Delta Police Investigative Bureau worked throughout the night on this investigation, processing the scene and doing witness interviews. The DPD Victim Services unit has been at Immaculate Conception today, assisting staff, and will be present tomorrow to provide comfort and support when the children return to school.