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Man shot by police in Salmon Arm considering plea deal on charges

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KAMLOOPS - A man who was shot by police in the Shuswap will stay in custody over Christmas while the fate of his charges remains up in the air.

Kaymen Winter has been in custody for months in connection to an alleged theft at a Salmon Arm car wash earlier this year. He was shot in the head by police after allegedly attempting to flee the scene.

He's facing numerous charges in connection to the incident, but he might not end up going to trial on them. Kamloops Provincial Court heard today, Dec. 14, that defence and Crown lawyers have been trying to resolve the matters for weeks, but a lack of access to evidence is making it hard.

Because there was a police-involved shooting, the province's police watchdog took over the investigation and began collecting evidence. Some evidence and documents have yet to be turned over to the lawyers involved in the case, which is delaying court proceedings for Winter.

Winter's lawyer, Matt Ford, argued that without the disclosure from the Independent Investigations Office, it's not known what evidence there is for charges of dangerous driving and assault with a weapon that Winter is facing from the incident, among many others.

The Independent Investigations Office has not shared any results from its investigation into Winter's shooting, or if charges have been forwarded to Crown counsel for approval.

Ford says he expects the office to hand over the disclosure over the Christmas break or at the beginning of January. 

When lawyers and Winter convene again, a date will either be set for disposition of all of the charges, or a trial date for the two charges of dangerous driving and assault with a weapon, court heard.

Winter is also facing numerous charges in several separate incidents in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, many of which involve fraud or forgery. Those charges date back to last year before this incident.

His family previously told iNFOnews.ca that Winter was on his way to the Lower Mainland to deal with those charges on Jan. 30 when he stopped at a car wash in Salmon Arm.

The Independent Investigations Office said in a news release after the incident that police were responding to a theft in progress at the location and Winter allegedly attempted to flee from police.

For more coverage on this case, go here.

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