Robbery leads to police shooting; independent investigation underway

During a search for a robbery suspect,an RCMP dog handler was allegedly confronted by the suspect and the officer fired his weapon.

Police vehicles barricade a driveway off the Trans-Canada Highway in Canoe on Friday

A press release statement from the RCMP issued at 11 p.m.  July 3:

On Friday, July 3, around 5 p.m. Sicamous RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at a gas station, with one alleged suspect fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

A short time later the suspect vehicle was located in Canoe just outside of Salmon Arm. A perimeter was established and a police dog and handler were used to establish a track. During the search the dog handler was allegedly confronted by the suspect and our member discharged his sidearm.

All weapons and the scene has been secured by Southeast District Major Crime in anticipation of the arrival of IIO BC investigators.

The suspect has been taken to hospital for medical treatment. The involved RCMP member is also being medically assessed for injuries that occurred during the incident.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC has been notified of the incident and has asserted jurisdiction.

The RCMP remains responsible for the concurrent armed robbery investigation.

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