More witnesses sought for Duncan investigation to police shooting man driving skid-steer: IIO BC

More witnesses sought for Duncan investigation to police shooting man driving skid-steer: IIO BC
File photos of investigators on scene after a man who was driving a skid-steer was shot by police in Duncan on March 28, 2023.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO BC) is hoping more witnesses to police shooting a man driving a skid-steer in Duncan in March will come forward.

The shooting occurred near Evans Park in Duncan on March 28 around 9:15 p.m.

Witnesses called police for the man driving a skid-steer in Duncan near Kimberley Drive and Cowichan Lake Road, then towards Somenos Road, Hawkes Boulevard, Parkside Place, and Glacier Street.

When the man drove through Evans Park, there were collisions between the skid-steer and police vehicles.

Police shot the man, who sustained serious injuries. He is now recovering from his injuries at home.

Video footage of the incident shows a man wearing dark shorts and a hoodie walking on the sidewalk of Somenos Road and may have witnessed the interaction, and police are hoping to speak with this man.

Additionally, the IIO BC is hoping to speak with anyone who has not yet spoken with them and who saw the incident or has video footage between 9 and 9:30 p.m. to come forward. The witness line is 1-855-446-8477 or you can reach out through the contact form on the website.

The IIO is responsible for investigating any time a person interacting with police is injured to determine whether there was any wrongdoing by officers.

Family has identified the driver as Davin Cochrane. He was reportedly in a car accident earlier Tuesday and was due for surgery at Cowichan District Hospital, but somehow managed to leave and acquire the skid-steer.

Sarah Annie Brown posted to a Duncan-based Facebook group in March, saying Cochrane is her fiancé.

“This was my fiancé and our newborn daughter’s dad…he was shot at twice in the head and it didn’t need to go that way…” wrote Brown. “If anyone has videos of the incident in Duncan involving a stolen machine can you please send me them in a message.”


-With files from CHEK’s Ethan Morneau, Kendall Hanson

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