Gendarmes were called to report an armed man on Highway 5, south of Barrière
The British Columbia Office of Independent Investigations is investigating a police incident four kilometers south of Barrière in which a man was shot and injured.
Barrier RCMP officers responded just before 10 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the 2900 block of Highway 5 in the Louis Creek area to investigate a report that a man had been dropped off at the curb. road and had picked up what appeared to be a weapon.
BC RCMP Staff Sergeant Janelle Shoihet said “an interaction occurred” between the man and officers, with shots being fired by police. Shoihet said the man suffered gunshot wounds, but officers were unharmed.
Shoihet said officers at the scene began administering first aid until paramedics arrived and took the injured man to hospital.
Highway 5 was immediately closed following the shooting and remained closed until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
A large number of passenger vehicles were able to turn around on the freeway and reroute to their destination, but about 100 large commercial trucks and motor homes spent nine hours on a cold night parked along the highway.
Shoihet said the RCMP’s Southeast District General Investigation Section is also conducting a parallel criminal code investigation.
The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia is a civilian-run police watchdog charged with investigating incidents of death or serious injury which may have been the result of the actions or inaction of a police officer, whether on duty or not.