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Police shoot homicide suspect dead during B.C. marina hostage-taking

IIO BC investigating after man suspected in homicide took hostages at Campbell River marina
Discovery Harbour in Campbell River was the scene of a police shooting on Monday, June 13. Ronan O’Doherty photo/ Campbell River Mirror

Two are dead after a violent Monday morning in Campbell River.

The RCMP, the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team, and crisis negotiators responded to a report of a homicide with potential hostages at the government dock at Discovery Harbour shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday, June 13.

Officers made contact with the suspect, confirmed there were no longer any hostages, and attempts were made to negotiate with the man, who was reported to be in possession of a weapon.

While interacting with him, shots were fired and the suspect was pronounced dead, RCMP said.

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The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has been notified and will be investigating police actions.

This is the second police shooting in Campbell River the IIO is investigating in 2022. The first occurred after RCMP engaged a shoplifting suspect carrying a weapon in April.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information of the incident to contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the website.

Campbell River RCMP Major Crimes Unit are also running a concurrent investigation into the homicide and ask that anyone with information contact police.

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