Independent office investigating fatal police-involved shooting in New Westminster

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      An independent investigation office has begun a probe into an officer-involved shooting in New Westminster on Sunday that ended with the death of an adult male.

      According to a news release from the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD), around 9:40 p.m. on February 24, officers responded to a report of a suicidal adult male behind Wal-Mart at 805 Boyd Street.

      He threatened to cause self-harm and was believed to have a firearm.

      The NWPD news release states that when officers arrived, shots were fired.

      According to a news release from the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., a civilian-led body which conducts investigations into officer-related incidents resulting in serious harm or death, the male was reported to have interacted with police.

      Neither news release states who fired the shots.

      New Westminster Police Department Sgt. Jeff Scott stated in a news release that the male died of his injuries.

      The cause of death is under investigation by the IIO BC and the B.C.’s Coroners Service.

      No further information about this case is being released by police.

      Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to call IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.

      If you or someone you know is experiencing depressive or suicidal thoughts, some options for resources include talking to a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, psychologist, or counsellor. If in crisis, contact 911 or go to a hospital immediately. 

      The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. offers 24-hour phone and online distress services (as well as community education). The Crisis Line Association of B.C. (1-800-784-2433) provides 24-hour service for individuals across the province.

      Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) is a national service for children and teenagers.