Man and police dog are dead in what RCMP say was a 'confrontation' in B.C. city

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CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. — A man and a police dog are dead in what RCMP in British Columbia say was a confrontation with officers that is now being investigated by the provincial police watchdog.

A statement from the RCMP's head office in B.C. says it started Thursday morning when an officer tried to stop a vehicle over an outstanding warrant in Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

Police say the vehicle failed to stop and other police officers were sent to the area.

The vehicle was stopped a short time later by an officer who had a service dog and police say the confrontation resulted in the dog being stabbed and killed.

Police say the suspect was also shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

The RCMP say the death will be the subject of an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which probes all incidents of death or serious harm that may have been the result of police action.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2021.

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