B.C. Police Oversight Agency Recommends Firearms Charges Against Victoria Officer

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   British Columbia's police oversight agency is recommending charges against a Victoria officer in connection with a shooting death in September 2021.

On Thursday, the Independent Investigations Officer of B.C. (IIO) stated it had found "reasonable grounds to believe that one officer with the Victoria Police Department may have committed an offence in relation to the use of a firearm." The officer in question has not been named. The IIO has recommended charges, and the case has been forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service.

The incident occurred over two years ago when a man died after being shot by police on Douglas Street at Tolmie Avenue, near Mayfair Mall. Victoria police responded to reports of an armed man in crisis making threats, and officers were attempting to de-escalate the situation. The man was shot around 11 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time, Victoria Police Chief Del Manak expressed condolences to the man's family and expressed confidence that the officers acted appropriately based on their training and experience.

The IIO investigates incidents involving police officers that result in serious harm or death.