Man allegedly cut someone with knife, fires shotgun before crashing dirt bike in Campbell River: RCMP

Man allegedly cut someone with knife, fires shotgun before crashing dirt bike in Campbell River: RCMP

A man in Campbell River allegedly cut someone with a knife, shot a shotgun in a driveway, and fled RCMP via a dirt bike before crashing, according to RCMP.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the incident, after the man was injured.

Campbell River RCMP says in a release that police responded to a report of a man shooting a shotgun in the driveway of a residence around 1 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.

IIO says the incident happened in the 100 block of Reef Crescent.

“Officers were also advised that the man may be in possession of a knife as it was reported that he had cut somebody,” said RCMP in a notice Monday.

“The attending officers set up containment around the home and contacted the Island District Emergency Response Team to attend.”

Around 1:50 a.m., the garage door opened, and the man was reportedly seen trying to start a dirt bike, states the RCMP notice.

Then the man “drove out of the garage and out of sight,” prompting Mounties to follow. The man turned east on Erickson Road and then crashed his bike shortly after.

IIO says the man sustained a serious but not-life-threatening injury in the crash.

IIO is investigating the incident to determine whether police actions or inaction may have led to the man’s injury. RCMP is investigating the actions of the man.

On its website, the IIO says it’s “responsible for conducting investigations into incidents of death or serious harm that may have been the result of the actions or inactions of a police officer, whether on or off duty.”

The notice said all aspects and circumstances of the Feb. 11 incident “will be the subject of independent investigation by the IIO BC.”

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story attributed information to the IIO when the source was the RCMP.

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