The IIO is investigating after a long police pursuit ended in a man being hit with a stun gun in Malakwa. (File Photo)

Man dies following RCMP Taser incident in Okanagan-Shuswap

Police watchdog and BC Coroners Service investigating

A man is dead after police officers used a stun gun on him following a lengthy pursuit through the Okanagan-Shuswap.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, Kelowna RCMP received a report of an erratic driver on Highway 97 in the Lake Country area. Police were informed the vehicle was straying from its lane of travel.

Read More: Salmon Arm council decides who gets what in 2020 budget

Read More: Malakwa woman a part of Food Network holiday baking championship

Armstrong RCMP officers located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver continued on, allegedly just missing a police officer as it fled north. Shortly after, officers from the Salmon Arm and Sicamous RCMP detachments stopped the vehicle south of Sicamous. Before police could speak to the driver the vehicle fled once again.

Next, the driver and vehicle were located by police in Malakwa at approximately 3:20 a.m. When officers attempted to take the driver of the vehicle into custody, he allegedly resisted. Officers used a conducted energy weapon on the man and handcuffed him. He then went into medical distress.

The 38-year-old man was transported to hospital in critical condition by emergency health services. According to the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO), he died on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Read More: Salmon Arm RCMP urge caution on Halloween

Read More: Mortar dug up on Spallumcheen property

Police say the incident resulted in damage to two police vehicles. The IIO is also investigating the incident to determine how the man’s death is related to police actions. The police watchdog investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death.

A notice from the IIO asks anyone who witnessed the incident to contact their witness line at 1-855-446-8477.

Since the man’s death, the BC Coroners Service has opened an investigation of their own.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Crown declines to lay charges in Castlegar spree

RCMP were called to eight incidents regarding the same person in a six hour time frame.

Report shows Castlegar’s cemetery has room for next 25 years

The city has developed a master plan for Park Memorial Cemetery.

Snowfall warning for Kootenay and Paulson passes

Up to 30 cm expected in mountain passes Saturday and Sunday.

Readers’ theatre comes to Castle Wood Village

Volunteers and residents gather for a bit of fun at one of Castlegar’s senior residences.

Community Futures launches cannabis consultation program

The Cannabis Business Transition Initiative helps businesses move into the legal economy

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex-boyfriend for $2,000

After the two broke up, documents state, they agree to share custody of the dog, named Harlen

Abbotsford police chief mulls more enforcement of homeless lawbreakers

‘When all else has failed we have to hold people accountable,’ Police Chief Mike Serr tells council

Government needs to step up to address $10M RCMP budget deficit: Morrison

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison says governments need to ensure rural communities are protected

Striking Vancouver hotel workers, employer reach ‘tentative’ agreement

Employees of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia have been out at picket lines since talks broke off on Sept. 21

RCMP cut free activists chained to Kelowna bank, placed under arrest

The group is protesting Interior Savings Credit Union’s support of Kelowna Ribfest

Cell phone tickets worse tax grab than speed limits, SenseBC says

Distracted driving statistics questioned as B.C. tickets pile up

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Most Read