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Alleged armed kidnapper shot during engagement with RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) has been notified by the BC RCMP of a fatal occurrence that occurred close to Kamloops.

At approximately  5:20 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022, 9-1-1 operators got a call from a woman requesting assistance from what sounded to be a vehicle. A short while later, a second call was received informing the dispatcher that a woman was trying to exit a vehicle and that the driver was driving erratically on the Trans Canada Highway.

A third caller said that a family member and a child had been kidnapped at around 5:45 in the evening. An empty vehicle with an alleged weapon inside was reportedly found by officers who responded to the scene.

Officers responded to a rural property shortly before 9 p.m. after learning that the original suspect car was spotted close to a trailer. They set up a roadblock and then called the Emergency Response Team (ERT). ERT arrived on the scene and assumed control of containment. The male suspect allegedly then left the trailer after three in the morning with a child and a firearm. During the engagement with officers, the man was shot and killed. The child was unharmed. and a woman was later discovered inside the trailer with non-life threatening wounds.

Shortly after 9 p.m., Kamloops RCMP attended the suspect’s home after receiving a report of a second woman who was found injured and bound inside.

Both women were transported to hospital for treatment.

Kamloops RCMP and the Southeast District RCMP General Investigation Section are investigating the initial complaint and the second assault investigation.

The IIO BC is investigating police actions. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

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