An RCMP officer in Chilliwack, B.C., has been charged with aggravated assault and two firearms offences in connection with a 2021 shooting that left a man with serious injuries.
Charges were sworn against Const. Keven Biagioni in Chilliwack provincial court on Thursday, according to a statement from the B.C. Prosecution Service. The gun-related counts include discharging a firearm with intent and careless use of a firearm.
The charges stem from a confrontation on the morning of Jan. 12, 2021, when officers were responding to calls about a domestic incident in which the man involved had left the home, according to the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO).
Police found the man in a vehicle near the intersection of Lickman and Keith Wilson roads, and "an interaction occurred which resulted in shots being fired by police," the IIO said in a statement earlier this year.
The man was seriously injured in the shooting and had to be treated in hospital. The IIO was called in to investigate and forwarded a report to Crown in June 2022.
At the time of the shooting, the IIO said the man was "reportedly … in possession of a weapon," but since then, no further information has been released about the existence of a weapon.
Biagioni is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Dec. 12.