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Campbell River RCMP respond to over 1,600 calls in one month

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CAMPBELL RIVER, BC — Campbell River RCMP say they have responded to over 1,600 over the last month, with many of them being serious.

RCMP say the calls are since May 22 and have included the following issues:

  • Bank robbery where the suspect was later captured with the assistance of the public;
  • Extortion;
  • Homicide of a man and subsequent attempt to negotiate with the suspect, reported to be armed, resulting in the suspect’s death;
  • Alleged attempted murder of an individual who was struck by a vehicle in what police believe was a targeted incident;
  • Shooting of a woman by a man, after which the suspect took his own life;
  • Indecent act, where an unknown man exposed himself to children while on a school activity;
  • 4 child pornography investigations;
  • 8 impaired driving investigations that led to charges;
  • 54 complaints of various types of assaults;

Officer in charge Insp. Jeff Preston says he thanks the community’s support over the last month.

“We are thankful and ask for the public’s continued support and assistance while we deal with this very busy stretch of incidents,” said Preston. “Despite the recent incidents, we are committed to the public safety of the citizens of Campbell River and assist them as needed.”

RCMP say they are still getting a high amount of mental health-related calls.

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