October 14, 2015 - 2:53 PM
LILLOOET - An incident at Lillooet’s Bridge River Indian Band office has left 10 people injured and a male suspect dead.
Cpl. Janelle Shoihet, a media spokesperson for the RCMP E-Division, says the incident happened before 8:30 a.m. this morning, Oct. 14. A male entered the band office and used weapons to assault three people.
Media reports say the man was armed with a hammer and hit others who tried to prevent the attack.
Before RCMP officers showed up, Shoihet says the suspect was ‘subdued and restrained.’
The male then because unconscious as police tried to transport him. Shoihet says officers along with paramedics performed CPR on the suspect but the efforts to resuscitate the male failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Because the death occurred under the watch of the RCMP, it is being considered an in-custody death and the Independant Investigations Office of B.C. is now investigating.
Michaela Swan, a communications officer for Interior Health Authority, confirmed ten people are being treated. Two patients are in critical condiiton, two are in serious condition and six are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Those with information regarding the incident can report their information to the independent investigations office toll-free witness line at 1-855-446-8477.
-With files from Canadian Press
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