BC’s Independent Investigations Office has been dispatched to Kelowna to investigate the shooting of a man by an RCMP officer.
Police say it happened Thursday afternoon at a homeless camp on Duck Lake Road while an officer was assisting a bylaw officer look into a complaint.
“The officers engaged a male camper, who is alleged to have produced a knife, and approached the officers,” says Cpl. Janelle Shoihet. “Efforts were made to de-escalate the situation. Ultimately the Kelowna RCMP Officer was unable to resolve the situation and is alleged to have discharged their firearm, striking the male.”
The man was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
No one else was injured
“The scene and any evidence have been secured while the Independent Investigation Office of BC have been notified and are deploying to the scene,” says Shoihet. “IIO BC will assume conduct of this investigation as they work to determine if there is a connection to the actions of police and the injuries sustained by the male.”
Any potential witnesses of this incident are asked to call the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.