Man shot by RCMP officer in B.C. detachment cells booking area

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RCMP say a police officer fired their gun while a suspect was being booked into the Prince George RCMP detachment cells. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC - image credit)
RCMP say a police officer fired their gun while a suspect was being booked into the Prince George RCMP detachment cells. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC - image credit)

B.C.'s police watchdog has been called in to investigate after a Prince George RCMP officer shot a man in police custody during an altercation in the booking area of the city's RCMP detachment cells Monday morning.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC said the man was seriously injured with "gunshot-related injuries" while police were preparing to lodge him in the cells.

A written statement signed by Cpl Jennifer Cooper, the media relations officer for the Prince George RCMP, said that a "physical altercation occurred during which bear spray was discharged, and a police officer discharged their service pistol."

RCMP said the officer suffered minor injuries.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said it dispatched two paramedic ground units and a supervisor to the RCMP detachment before noon and transported one patient to hospital.

Police said the man had been arrested after reports of a theft in downtown Prince George, about 10 blocks from the detachment.

RCMP said the suspect was carrying a gun and had an outstanding arrest warrant when he was stopped by police and taken to city cells to be booked in.

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