IIO BC called to Sicamous

Sicamous, BC.: On August 8, 2017, at 11:26 a.m., Sicamous RCMP were notified that a man was allegedly threatening to kill himself with a knife at a local car wash located on Maier Road.

Police immediately drove to the scene and asked Emergency Health Services to attend the area in case their services were needed. Upon the attendance of police, the man was located with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds. The man then ran away from police while allegedly continuing to injure himself with a weapon. A police officer proceeded to run after the man on foot into a nearby gas station parking lot while issuing verbal commands to the man to drop the weapon. The police officer equipped with a conducted energy weapon (CEW) continued to verbally engage the man who eventually got to his knees on the ground. The CEW was not deployed and the man was apprehended without further incident.

Police provided immediate first aid to the man until Emergency Health Services arrived shortly thereafter.

The man was transported to hospital for medical assessment.

No one else was injured as a result of this incident.

As per protocols, IIO BC was notified and they will now investigate whether there is a connection between the man’s injuries and the actions of police.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police at this time. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.


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