Nanaimo RCMP officer cleared by IIO in fatal shooting

Nanaimo RCMP officer cleared by IIO in fatal shooting

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The Independent Investigations Office says a Nanaimo RCMP officer acted within the law when he shot and killed a man armed with a knife in June 2016.

The IIO, B.C.’s independent police watch dog, says the incident began when police were called after a man was seen with a knife outside a fast food restaurant.

Police found the man soon after and tried to calm him down. Officers also requested a Taser be brought to the scene.

The IIO report says multiple commands to drop the knife were given by police to the man before he was shot and killed.

The IIO says the officer who fired the fatal shots acted to protect their life and the life of another officer.

The incident will not be referred to Crown Counsel by the IIO for consideration of charges.

The purpose of the IIO investigation was to determine whether the officer, through an action or inaction, committed any offence in relation to the incident that lead to the death.












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