Ucluelet First Nation says Indigenous woman shot by RCMP was subject of ‘stay away order’

Ucluelet First Nation says Indigenous woman shot by RCMP was subject of 'stay away order'
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The Ucluelet First Nation (UFN) says a female who was shot by police near Ucluelet on the weekend was the subject of a ‘stay away order’.

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon when Ucluelet RCMP was called to a report of a disturbance and a male needing medical assistance at a residence on Albert Road.

The Independent Investigations Office, which investigates police-involved incidents resulting in serious injury or death, says officers found the injured man and a woman inside the home.

“There was an interaction between the police and the woman,” said Ron MacDonald, the IIO chief civilian director. “The police reported that she had a weapon and there were shots fired by police and the woman was struck by those shots.”

In a statement Tuesday night, UFN President Charles McCarthy said there had been concerns in the community in relation to the two individuals involved.

McCarthy also said, “the weapon has been officially reported by the (IIO) Independent Investigations Office of BC, as a replica gun.”

“There is an ongoing Public Order of Peace and Safety for the hitacu ̓ community. We continue to look at our treaty affiliates which include a Letter of Intent (expectation) with the RCMP, to ensure that our community is safe and secure, and where Yuułuʔiłʔath can continue to live their lives in a way they are not fearful,” the statement read.

The Ucluelet First Nations says the female was flown to Victoria after sustaining serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.


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