B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating a police-involved shooting west of Salmon Arm that left a man dead.
Police were called to a home in Tappen, northwest of Salmon Arm, just after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, to investigate a mischief complaint that somebody had severely damaged the caller’s property.
They found a suspect in a neighbouring home and set up a perimeter, according to an RCMP statement, which added the attempted arrest was called off due to risk.
RCMP officers set up a containment perimeter and called the emergency response team to help with the arrest.
“A warrant to enter the home was granted and officers deployed a chemical agent in an attempt to make the man leave the residence,” the statement reads. “The man did leave and attempted to flee the area. In the resulting interaction between a police officer and the man, he was shot. The male died and no one else was injured during the incident.”
B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office, a civilian organization tasked with investigating all incidents involving allegations of police violence resulting in death or serious injury, is looking into the incident.
The investigation is ongoing.
Tappen is about one hour east of Kamloops.