IIO BC notified of an incident in Merritt which left two people injured

B.C., Merritt

2021-06-06 22:37 PDT

RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in two people being injured earlier today.

At about 3:50 pm on June 6, 2021 Merritt RCMP attempted to stop a white Ford F350 truck with a flat deck trailer which was associated with a stolen property file. The vehicle fled from the officer, who then notified dispatch.

At around 5:30 p.m. the suspect vehicle was then discovered again 5 kilometers from Merritt on Highway 5A without its trailer. Police deployed a spike belt and eventually the vehicle stopped, but then continued travelling again before coming to a stop on Highway 8 near Snake Road and Highway 97C.

Throughout the incident guns shots were fired or were exchanged between the suspect(s) and police.

Ultimately two individuals were located inside the vehicle. One adult male and one child, believed to be under the age of 12-years old, were taken to hospital. No one else was injured.

The Merritt RCMP along with the Southeast District General Investigation Services are conducting a concurrent investigation into the initial vehicle stop.

The multiple scenes have been secured in anticipation of the IIO BC's arrival.

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.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca.


Released by:

Dawn Roberts
Director in charge - BC RCMP Communications

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