Mission, BC: On November 22, 2017, at 8:15 am, Mission RCMP received a complaint that a man allegedly stole a knife and merchandise from a grocery store in the 32000-block of Lougheed Highway and was last seen walking into nearby bushes. Police were further advised by 911 that the man was seen heading toward a Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway track at the back of the grocery store.
It is early in the investigation, but it is believed a CP Police Service officer engaged with the suspect and shots were fired. The suspect then fled police and was arrested by Mission RCMP officers a short distance away.
Emergency Health Services attended the scene. The 33-year-old man was transported to hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. No police officers or other members of the public were injured during the incident.
A section of the railway track will be closed temporarily as the investigation proceeds.
RCMP notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC). The IIO BC does not oversee actions involving the CP Police Service and did not assert jurisdiction in this case.
This is an unusual circumstance. For that reason, the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team, as an independent police unit, has taken conduct of the investigation.
The Mission RCMP will continue its investigation into the original theft complaint.
IHIT Police File # 2017-1751
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
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