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Grand Forks RCMP officer cleared of charges related to non-fatal shooting

A member of the Grand Forks RCMP has been cleared of charges related to a non-fatal shooting nearly five years ago.

Officials with the B.C. Prosecution Service said the officer shot a suspected impaired driver during an arrest near Grand Forks on May 18, 2018.

The incident was put under scrutiny by the Independent Investigations Office.

Investigators found reasonable grounds to believe the officer may have committed offences, and a report was submitted to the Prosecution Service.

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According to the Prosecution Service’s summary of the incident, the officer was called in to help arrest a suspected drunk driver.

“The police vehicles attempted to box in the suspect’s truck, during which the suspect proceeded to ram his truck against the police vehicles and tried to avoid police control,” said Prosecution Service officials.

The officer positioned his vehicle nose-to-nose with the suspect’s vehicle.

“When the suspect accelerated his vehicle towards the SO [subject officer] and his vehicle, the SO fired his police firearm four times into the cab of the suspect’s truck striking the suspect in the shoulder and torso,” said Prosecution Service officials. “He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he later recovered. He was later charged with assault with a weapon (the vehicle), impaired and dangerous driving, and flight from police.”

However, officials said evidence was lacking to lay charges.

“The BCPS has concluded that the available evidence does not meet the BCPS’s charge assessment standard,” explained Prosecution Service officials. “Based on the available evidence, the BCPS is not able to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that the officer committed any offence in relation to the incident. As a result, no charges have been approved.”

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