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Child, adult seriously hurt in highway shooting with Merritt RCMP: IIO

Last Updated Jun 7, 2021 at 5:54 am PDT

BC's police watchdog is investigating after a child and adult were seriously injured during a highway chase and shootout with Merritt RCMP Sunday. This spot is where the truck came to a stop on Highway 8 near Snake Road and Highway 97C. Courtesy: Google Maps

IIO says officers were trying to stop truck and trailer, believed to be stolen, before chase and shots were fired

Child, believed to be under the age of 12, and adult both taken to hospital with serious injuries,

IIO looking into whether RCMP action, inaction led to injuries in Merritt

MERRITT (NEWS 1130) – A child, believed to be under the age of 12, and an adult have been seriously hurt after a dramatic police chase and shootout involving the RCMP in Merritt, according to B.C.’s police watchdog.

The events unfolded Sunday at around 3:50 p.m. when Mounties tried to stop a white Ford F350 and trailer, which were believed to have been stolen. Both the child and adult were inside the vehicle.

“The vehicle reportedly did not stop,” the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. says.

A short while later, at around 5:30 p.m., the IIO says police once again spotted the vehicle, this time on Highway 5 and without its trailer.

“Police deployed a spike belt and eventually the vehicle stopped, but then continued travelling again before coming to a stop on Highway 8 near Snake Road and Highway 97C,” the RCMP says.

Mounties say gunshots were fired or exchanged between the suspect vehicle and officers throughout the incident.

Both the child and adult were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The extent of those injuries is unclear at this time.

Investigators say no one else was hurt.

The IIO is now trying to determine if the actions or inactions by police led to the two injuries.