Duncan: The BC RCMP has said a RCMP officer and a male suspect were injured following an incident at the North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment on Friday morning.

In a press release, the BC RCMP said at approximately 6:30 am, a member with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP was doing a police vehicle check in the police area parking lot.  

A male suspect drove into the employee lot and struck the police vehicle, leaving the officer injured, the BC RCMP said.

According to the press release, a second officer discharged his firearm at the vehicle, striking the driver. Both the injured RCMP officer and the suspect were transported to hospital.

“This is a very disturbing incident for our members and employees,” said Inspector Chris Bear, officer in charge of the North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP. 

“Additional support and resources have been brought into our detachment and core policing operations for the community will not be impacted. We are unsure what the man’s intentions were at this time, but the investigation will look to determine that,” he added. 

The North Cowichan/Duncan General Investigation Section has taken conduct of the assault investigation. 

The Independent Investigation Office (IIO) of British Columbia has been informed about the incident. The IIO is investigating the police actions in this incident. 

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