IIO Investigators Remain in Castlegar

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office of BC says investigators will remain in Castlegar while additional forensic analysis is completed.

After experiencing weather delays, a team of investigators reached Castlegar on Friday afternoon, January 30, 2015 and physically took jurisdiction over the officer involved shooting that took place the previous evening.  According to the RCMP, officers were responding to a driving complaint on Highway 3 in the city limits of Castlegar.  During an attempted traffic stop a male was subsequently shot by an officer.  The affected person was transported to hospital for treatment however did not survive his injuries.

Over the weekend, the IIO team reviewed the evidence that had been obtained from the scene and interviewed witnesses to the incident.  One officer has been designated as a Subject Officer; one has been designated as a Witness Officer.  The Manager for Services to Affected Person has been in contact with the family and will provide support during the IIO investigation.

The Primary Investigator and IIO Forensic Specialist will remain in the area.  Over the next few days, it is expected that additional forensic testing and analysis will take place.  These investigative tasks are standard in this type of a critical incident.

The MOU continues to be followed by the RCMP and the IIO.  The BC Coroners Service maintains jurisdiction over any and all information related to the deceased.

Independent Investigations Office

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