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IIO BC notified following incident on Highway 97 south of Prince George…

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Prince George where one man has died.

On March 16, 2023, at approximately 4:44 p.m., Prince George RCMP received a report of a distraught man who was reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis. The man was located in a vehicle south of the scales on Highway 97.

A Critical Incident Commander was notified and Emergency Health Services staged nearby while frontline officers contained the scene and stopped all highway traffic. An interaction occurred between the man and police outside of the vehicle which resulted in the officer firing his weapon. The man was shot and police provided medical attention until Emergency Health Services arrived.

The man succumbed to his injuries.

No one else was injured.

The highway was closed in both directions and reopened around 6:30 AM to full traffic.

The IIO BC is investigating police actions in the incident. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

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