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Police watchdog probing incident in Kamloops

A theft suspect was arrested on Dec. 3 and taken to hospital for an undetermined injury
IIOBC Ronald MacDonald
Independent Investigations Office of B.C. chief civilian director Ronald J. MacDonald.

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIOBC), the province’s police watchdog, of an incident in Kamloops that led to a man being taken to hospital.

On Friday, Dec. 3, at about 7:30 p.m., Kamloops RCMP received a report of a robbery at a local mall, said BC RCMP Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet.

While officers were en route, they received a second report of a theft from the same mall.

Witnesses from the second theft provided a description of one of the suspects.

Shoihet said officers later found a person matching the description riding a bike and attempted to pull him over.

Shoihet said the suspect reportedly attempted to flee, but officers managed to bring him to a stop and arrest him.

“After the suspect was taken into custody, officers noted that he appeared to have suffered an injury and was taken to hospital,” Shoihet said.

The IIOBC has been notified and will be investigating the incident and the actions of the police officers. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIOBC, no further information will be released by police.

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