Police: Fired Employee Shoots, Kills CEO at Christmas Party

A recently fired Canadian man was charged with first degree murder after he allegedly shot and killed his boss at his former company's Christmas party.

Eric Allen Kirkpatrick, 61, who was fired from his job in Vancouver-based TallGrass Distribution, was accused of fatally shooting Benjamin David Banky, Vancouver police Constable Tim Fanning said.

At least a dozen people were at the party when Kirkpatrick entered at about 4 p.m. and opened fire, according to authorities.

Police locked down the neighborhood and Kirkpatrick gave up about two hours later. Other partygoers were not harmed in the incident.

Witnesses told CTV.ca that police spent about two hours negotiating with Kirkpatrick before bringing him into custody.

"He was giving them a bit of grief, he was saying that his cuffs hurt, but he was following orders," a witness said.

TallGrass Distribution is a natural health product supplier.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.