A man is dead following a shootout with police near a rural property south of Rose Hill on Friday, investigators say.
In a press release issued late Friday night, police said they were called to a report of a suspicious man near the top of Rose Hill at about 4:30 p.m.
"Police attended the location and there was a reported exchange of gunfire," an RCMP release states.
"Police can confirm that a man has since been located deceased at the scene."
B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office, the civilian agency tasked with investigating violent or deadly incidents involving police, now has conduct of the investigation.
"No officers, nor any other members of the public, were injured," the RCMP press release said.
Police have closed Rose Hill Road in the 2200-block, on dirt roads about four kilometres south of the subdivision. A rural property sits just south of the RCMP blockade.
Investigators remained on scene Saturday morning and unmarked vehicles could be seen driving up Rose Hill Road.
Andrew Karpiak, president of the High Country Neighbourhood Society, told KTW he saw at least 15 police vehicles race up through Rose Hill and later addressed Rose Hill residents through the society's Facebook page.
“Neighbours were a little bit concerned, but once they realized it wasn’t within the neighbourhood itself, they all sort of calmed down,” he said.
“When you’ve effectively got one way in, and there’s 15 squad cars racing up the mountain, it rattles a lot of people.”