Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Posting
Surrey – The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. has filed a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for their consideration of charges.
IIO 2018-056 This investigation relates to an officer-involved shooting in Grand Forks.
Initial information provided to the IIO by the RCMP suggests that just before 3:30 p.m. on May 10, 2018, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop after responding to reports of an erratic driver. Attempts were made to engage with the male, who then reportedly struck police vehicles.
During this interaction, shots were fired by a police officer and the male was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Following medical intervention, the male survived those injuries.
In this case, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO has completed his review of the investigative file and has determined that reasonable grounds exist to believe an officer has committed an offence. As a result, and pursuant to Section 38.11 of The Police Act, the Chief Civilian Director has forwarded a report to B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges. It has been referred to Crown for consideration of charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
In approving charges, the B.C. Prosecution Service must be satisfied there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO and that the prosecution is required in the public interest.
As the matter is currently with the Crown, the IIO will not be making any additional comment about the facts of the case at this time.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.