IIO investigates officer-involved shooting in New Westminster

ON February 24, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the New Westminster Police responded to the rear of the Wal-Mart at 805 Boyd Street for a report of a suicidal male. The adult male was believed to be in possession of a firearm, and when officers arrived, shots were fired.

The New Westminster Police Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Section were called to assist with the investigation.

“The Independent Investigations Office has been notified and has a concurrent investigation,” said Sgt. Jeff Scott. “The male succumbed to his injuries, and the cause of death is under investigation by IIO BC and the BC Coroner’s Service. Neither the officers nor any other member of the public were injured as a result.”

The IIO said that anyone who witnessed this incident should contact it at 1-855-446-8477.