BC RCMP notifies IIO BC of incident that result in the death of one man in the Salmon Arm area

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2020-01-08 16:59 PST

The RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident where a man has died as a result of a police-involved shooting.

On January 7, 2020, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Salmon Arm RCMP received a complaint of mischief at home in Tappen, British Columbia. The complainant indicated that somebody had severely damaged their property.

RCMP officers responded and located a male suspect at a neighbouring residence, where an attempted arrest was called off due to risk.

RCMP officers set-up a containment perimeter, and called the Emergency Response Team to assist with the arrest. A warrant to enter the home was granted, and officers deployed a chemical agent in an attempt to make the man leave the residence. The man did leave but attempted to flee the area. In the resulting interaction between a police officer and the man, he was shot. The male died and no one else was injured during the incident.

The IIO BC is now investigating police actions as it relates to the man’s death. 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 it’s website at www.iiobc.ca.

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