Man shot by Mountie in Duncan not seriously injured: IIO

Man shot by Mountie in Duncan not seriously injured: IIO
Jason Smith
A video posted to Facebook shows part of the incident unfolding.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. says a man who was shot by police in Duncan earlier this year was not seriously hurt, meaning its review of the incident is now over.

The shooting occurred in the earlier hours of May 12 at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment.

The man drove an SUV into the detachment’s parking lot at 6:30 a.m., striking a police vehicle and injuring an officer who was standing beside it.

Video shows the dramatic moment when another officer rushes to the vehicle with his weapon drawn, firing at the man.

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The IIO says the man sustained a single gunshot injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

On Tuesday, the police watchdog said that man’s injury did not constitute “serious harm” as defined by the Police Act.

The IIO’s mandate is only to review police-related incidents that involve serious harm or death.

Since IIO investigators determined that the man did not suffer “serious harm,” based on video recording and medical records, the agency says its investigation of the matter is now over.

The police watchdog’s release Tuesday made no mention of the man’s motive, which puzzled police at the time.

The May 12 shooting was the second police shooting to rock the Duncan community in a two-month span.

On March 28, police shot and seriously injured a man who was driving a skid-steer in an unsafe manner in Duncan late at night.

That IIO investigation is still ongoing, with police asking for any witnesses to come forward as recently as Aug. 22.

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