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Charges being considered against Mountie involved in 2015 Shuswap shooting

July 25, 2017 - 4:36 PM

SALMON ARM - B.C.’s police watchdog has submitted a report to Crown counsel for consideration of charges against an officer involved in a 2015 shooting in Salmon Arm.

According to a release from the Independent Investigations Office, the report was filed following an investigation into serious injuries suffered by a man who was shot during an interaction with a Salmon Arm RCMP officer on July 3, 2015.

A previous release about the investigation said officers were responding to a complaint of an armed robbery at a gas station near Sicamous when the man reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle.

A short time later, the vehicle was located in Canoe, just outside of Salmon Arm and officers deployed a police dog and handler to establish a track.

During the search, the man was shot and sustained serious gunshot injuries, the investigations office said. An officer was also injured during the confrontation. Both were transported to hospital for medical treatment.

Pursuant to the Police Act, the Chief Civilian Director of the Independent Investigations Office must refer a file to Crown Counsel for consideration of charges if it’s determined that an officer may have committed an offence.

The referral standard is much lower than any other law enforcement agency in B.C.

“In approving charges, Crown Counsel must be satisfied not only that an offence may have been committed, but that the commission of an offence can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt," the investigations office says.

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