British Columbia police watchdog investigates shooting death

VALEMOUNT, B.C. - British Columbia's police watchdog is investigating after a man was killed during a police-involved shootout near Valemount.

RCMP Insp. Ed Boettcher says police were maintaining a stakeout of a cabin on Kinbasket Lake on Wednesday after receiving a complaint that a man and a woman were living there illegally.

When some officers came to relieve their colleagues on the watch, their cover was allegedly compromised by the man and woman and shots were fired at them.

Boettcher says police returned fire and the man, who was wanted on several unendorsed warrants, was killed while the woman was injured and taken to the hospital.

No police officers were wounded, and two rifles were seized from the scene.

The Independent Investigations Office has taken over the investigation of the incident.


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