RCMP investigating a body on the side of Highway 19 following a police-involved shooting on the morning of Oct. 12. The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is now seeking witnesses to the fatal incident that involved RCMP officers. (Lauren Collins photo)

IIO looking for witnesses in Qualicum Beach shooting

The incident took place early morning of Oct. 12 on Highway 19

The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. is looking for witnesses following a fatal incident in Qualicum Beach earlier this month.

RCMP officers were responding to a report of a man in distress who had allegedly stabbed himself inside a vehicle in the 39000 block of the inland Island Highway on Thursday, Oct. 12 around 6 a.m., according to an RCMP release Oct. 12.

Further 911 calls informed police that the man was “running down the highway and that someone was trying to restrain him.”

When they arrived, a struggle ensued and at least one shot was fired by police, according to the the Oct. 12 release.

A struggle ensued between the officers and the man and he was subsequently shot. The man did not survive his injuries and two officers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

IIO investigators were deployed to the scene and have since been interviewing witnesses, collecting physical evidence, interviewing officers and reviewing medical reports, according to a release from the IIO on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The IIO is asking anyone who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.

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