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Suspect shot and killed near Kamloops following abduction of two women, child


A man was shot and killed by RCMP near Kamloops yesterday and B.C.'s police watchdog is investigating.

The initial call to 911 came at around 5:20 p.m. yesterday, Aug. 14, from a woman asking for help and it sounded like she was in a vehicle, according to an RCMP media release. Soon after, another call came in reporting an erratic driver on Highway 1 and said the woman calling was trying to get out of the vehicle.

When police showed up they found an empty vehicle on Deadman Vidette Roa about 14 kilometres from the Trans-Canada. It had a weapon inside.

Then at approximately 5:45 p.m., a family member called to say a woman and her child had been abducted.

Just before 9 p.m., officers responding to a report that the original suspect vehicle was spotted near a trailer at a rural property near Walachin.

Officers blocked the road as they waited for the Emergency Response Team to arrive at the scene.

Shortly after 9 p.m., Kamloops RCMP also attended the suspect's home, which was not the same as the rural property near Walachin. They found a second woman in the house who was injured and bound.

Meanwhile, officers were at the rural property until after 3 a.m., when the suspect finally left the trailer with both a weapon and the child, leaving the woman inside.

Police shot him and the child was not injured, RCMP said.

Police found the woman inside the trailer with non-life threatening injuries.

Both women were taken to hospital.

Kamloops RCMP and the RCMP Southeast District are investigating both the abduction and the assault of both women.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the man's death and will advise whether it recommends charges against the officer who shot and killed the suspect.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information, dashcam or other video footage of the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the website.

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