B.C. police watchdog investigates after man seriously injured during arrest

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CHILLIWACK, B.C. — British Columbia's police watchdog is investigating after a man suffered serious injuries during his arrest linked to a report about a firearm that was found at a cemetery in Chilliwack.

RCMP say that when an officer arrived, a man allegedly pointed a firearm at her and threatened to shoot before escaping on foot to a nearby residence.

Mounties say in a release that officers from a police dog service were among those called to assist and when the man left the home, he was arrested with the help of a dog.

The man was hurt, but the RCMP did not provide any details about the extent of his injuries, saying only that they were later determined to be serious.

Police say threats and allegations related to the firearm are being investigated as the Independent Investigations Office conducts its own investigation into what happened.

The watchdog investigates serious injuries and deaths involving the actions or inactions of police before forwarding a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for assessment of any charges.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 12, 2021.

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