Chief Civilian Director makes Report to Crown Counsel

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
April 3, 2013

SURREY – Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has made a report to Crown counsel with respect to an officer involved shooting that took place near Cranbrook on Oct. 2, 2012.

At approximately 22:00 hours, an on duty RCMP officer was responding to an alleged carjacking complaint that had originated near the community of Yahk earlier that evening.  Three kilometres south of Cranbrook, the officer came into contact with the subject vehicle and its two occupants.

At the conclusion of a police vehicular pursuit, the officer discharged his firearm.  The adult male driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.  He was taken into custody and was transported to hospital.  The female passenger was uninjured and was taken into custody.  The police officer was not injured.

The IIO assumed jurisdiction for the investigation into the actions of the officer.  The RCMP maintained responsibility for the concurrent investigation into the actions of the two affected persons.

Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal has completed his review of the investigative file and has forwarded a report to Crown counsel, pursuant to section 38.11 of the Police Act.  This occurs when the Chief Civilian Director considers that an officer may have committed an offence under any enactment.

Under these circumstances, no public report will be issued by the IIO and no further information will be provided.

The Chief Civilian Director does not make a recommendation on if or what charges he believes Crown counsel should consider.  Crown counsel maintains full jurisdiction over the charge assessment and charge approval process.

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Kellie Kilpatrick
Independent Investigations Office of BC

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