BC RCMP notify IIO BC of Kamloops incident

Kamloops City

2020-06-24 17:42 PDT

BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Kamloops which has resulted in injuries to one man.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on June 23, Kamloops RCMP frontline officers were called to a disturbance in the 1000-block of Newton Street, where the caller reported a man was chasing a woman with what appeared to be a firearm. Officers set up containment and began to call out the occupants of the residence, one woman exited without incident while the second occupant, a man, allegedly did not immediately exit. When he did, he allegedly refused to follow police direction and shots were fired from a less-lethal shotgun, striking the man.

The man was taken into custody with the assistance of a police service dog. The man suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital.

It has since been determined the initial disturbance call, including the allegations of the firearm were false, and no such incident had occurred. The Kamloops RCMP is continuing to pursue a Public Mischief investigation in relation to this incident.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions are linked to the man’s injuries. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca



Released by

S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet

Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-4134
Cell: 604-657-5730
Fax: 778-290-6114

Email: janelle.shoihet@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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