A high-speed chase through the Merritt area on Sunday, June 6, resulted in an exchange of gunfire between Merritt RCMP and a suspect, with a man and child taken to hospital with serious injuries.
At about 3:50 p.m., Merritt Mounties attempted to stop a white Ford F350 truck with a flatbed trailer, a vehicle that had been linked to a local stolen vehicle file.
According to police, upon the attempt at a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle immediately fled the scene, prompting the responding officer to notify dispatch.
Just under two hours later, the vehicle was once again spotted about five kilometres from Merritt on Highway 5A without the trailer. Police say a spike belt was deployed to stop the vehicle, which was initially successful, though the vehicle once again began moving down the highway before coming to a stop on Highway 8 near Snake Road and Highway 97C.
Throughout the chase and the stop, polcie said gunfire was exchanged between officers and a person in the vehicle.
Mounties say it eventually became known there were two people in vehicle: an adult male and a child, believed to be under the age of twelve. Both were transported to hospital with what the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) said are serious injuries.
The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the two injuries.
As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.
Anyone who may have more information on the situation can contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.