Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating a police-involved shooting incident in Hope that resulted in the death of one man.
Information provided by the RCMP states that at approximately 11:44 a.m. (June 28, 2023), police attended a report of a motor vehicle incident on Highway 5 at the Zopkios offramp. Several people were taken to the local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An altercation allegedly occurred between two of the injured persons and police responded.
While in the Emergency Department, it is reported that an interaction occurred between one man and the police resulting in an officer discharging their firearm.
The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The IIO has commenced an investigation, and initial investigative steps will seek to confirm the details of what occurred.
The IIO is asking any person with relevant information of the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.
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.