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IIO finds sufficient evidence to consider charges against RCMP officers

The Independent Investigations Office believes evidence against three RCMP officers in Campbell River is sufficient for prosecutors to consider laying charges in connection with the death of an Indigenous man last year.

On the morning of July 8, 2021, the RCMP used police vehicles to box in a car at a drive-through at a Tim Horton’s on South Island Highway.

During the interaction a police dog was fatally stabbed, a police officer received a knife wound, and RCMP officers fired shots at the vehicle, killing Jared Lowndes.

The investigation into police actions has determined reasonable grounds exist to believe three officers may have committed offences in relation to use of force.

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The office is preparing a report to be submitted to the BC Prosecution Service.

While the matter is with the Crown, the IIO says it will not make additional comments about the facts of this case.

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