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UPDATED: Suspects arrested following afternoon Police incident in Prince George…

UPDATE: The B.C. Prosecution Service approved the following charges against 22-year-old Dilmeet Singh Chahal and 21-year-old Zakaria Benjamin Athaya in relation to yesterday’s police-involved shooting:

Dilmeet Singh Chahal:

  • Dangerous operation of a conveyance
  • Flight while pursued by a police officer
  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
  • Obstruct police officer

Zakaria Benjamin Athaya:

  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
  • Obstruct police officer

Both suspects will remain in custody until their next court appearance. Police released the third suspect in the investigation without charges.

“Our investigators have worked tirelessly over the last 24 hours to bring this investigation to the charge approval stage. It showcases the dedication and commitment our police officers have to their work and to public safety to have a complex investigation this far in such a short period of time,” states Superintendent Shaun Wright, Officer in Charge of the Prince George RCMP.

The investigation is ongoing.

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Three suspects have been arrested following a serious police incident this afternoon…

Police say shortly after 2:00 PM on Monday, officers from the Prince George RCMP attempted a traffic stop with a suspicious vehicle but the driver did not stop and fled the area.

When a second police vehicle attempted to stop the suspect vehicle around the area of 10th Avenue and Carney Street, the driver rammed the police car and fled from police a second time.

Police officers flooded the area in search of the suspect vehicle, which was located near Ross Crescent and 5th Avenue. After colliding with a police car at this location, three suspects fled the area on foot. Police followed the suspects and shots were fired by police during the encounter. After a short foot pursuit, all three suspects were located by police and arrested without further incident.

No injuries have been reported in this incident and the investigation is in its early stages.

The public is asked to stay away from the areas of 5th Avenue and Winnipeg Street and from 4th Avenue and Edmonton Street, which are currently cordoned off to allow investigators to process the scenes.

Once more is released we’ll update.

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