A 33-year-old man is in hospital after what’s believed to be a police-involved shooting in Mission on Wednesday.
In a release, police said the incident began at 8:15 am, when Mission RCMP received a complaint that a man had allegedly stolen a knife and merchandise from a grocery store in the 32000-block of Lougheed Highway and was “seen walking into nearby bushes.”
Police also received information via 911 that the man was seen heading toward a Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway track behind 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,” said Cpl. Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
The man was transported to hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries, he added.
Mission case “unusual circumstance”
No police officers or other members of the public were injured during the incident.
RCMP notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC). However, the IIO BC does not oversee actions involving the CP Police Service and “did not assert jurisdiction in this case,” said Jang.
“This is an unusual circumstance,” he added. “For that reason, [IHIT] as an independent police unit, has taken conduct of the investigation.”
The Mission RCMP will continue its investigation into the original theft complaint.