Fatal shooting on Castlegar highway

Officer fires service pistol at impaired driving suspect

  • Jan. 30, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Chris Stedile/Castlegar News

Last night, at approximately 8 p.m., several members of the Castlegar RCMP and West Kootenay Traffic Services acted on a complaint regarding an impaired driver in the Castlegar area.

The police did eventually locate the alleged impaired driver, however, matters soon turned sour and the RCMP officer ultimately fired his service pistol at the suspect. Exact details are limited as of now, but officers have confirmed the driver was transported to hospital for treatment however did not survive his injuries. No one else was injured.

The B.C. Coroners Service said they are hoping to have more information for release by late Friday afternoon, but it is more likely that the information will come out on Monday. Additionally, they confirmed that the deceased is not a youth.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has taken over the investigation and is accompanied by a forensic specialist. The site has been prepared for their arrival.