by Castlegar Source on Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:56am

The IIO issued the following release this morning:

The Independent Investigations Office of BC confirms it is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at 8 p.m. (Thursday, January 28) evening in Castlegar.

According to the RCMP, officers were responding to a driving complaint on Highway 3 in the city limits of Castlegar. During an attempted traffic stop a male was subsequently shot by the officer. The affected person was transported to hospital for treatment however did not survive his injuries.

Recent News

Wanted man prompts police to ask for public help

Wanted man prompts police to ask for public help

The Castlegar RCMP Detachment is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Russell David Sapriken (45 years old).

Sapriken has ten warrants for his arrest for driving while prohibited, breach of recognizance, theft under $5000, and failing to appear. The charges stem from a number of incidents which occurred between October 2013 and November 2014 in the Trail and Castlegar areas. Sapriken failed to attend court to answer to these matters and subsequently the warrants were issued.  It is believed that Sapriken is still in the community but actively avoiding police detection. 

Science Offerings Increased at Selkirk College

Expanded science offerings at Selkirk College have opened opportunities for students to choose a number pathways including full Associate of Science Degree.

The return of second year sciences at Selkirk College helps open doors to students interested in a variety of educational pathways.

Students looking for careers in medicine, pharmacy, laboratory research, dentistry, education and more can now get a two year start in Selkirk College’s School of University Arts & Sciences (UAS).

Couple in custody after series of crimes

Couple in custody after series of crimes

Two people are in police custody after a rash of crimes in Trail and Kamloops, according to Trail top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke.

"In the early morning hours of Jan. 23, the Trail RCMP were called to two commercial break-and-enters in the city within an hour of each other. Ackland Grainger and Gerick's Cycle both had their front doors smashed and cash and property stolen. Video surveillance captured images of the male suspect and a vehicle," Oelke said.

Regional News

Out with the old: Nelson Commons begins

Nelson Commons general manager Deirdre Lang and project manager Russell Precious take a look at the first days of the demolition of the old Extra Foods building. — Suzy Hamilton photo

It won’t take long to bring down the old building.

But it will take longer to put up a new one.

And Nelson residents Lena and Marty Horswill can hardly wait. The retired couple bought a two bedroom condo in the Nelson Commons, a 54 unit retail/residential complex that came one step closer to reality this week, when the first cement blocks of the old Extra Foods building were demolished.

Dog walker gets stiff sentence

Dog walker gets stiff sentence

Lower Mainland dog walker Emma Paulsen was sentenced today to six months in jail and has been given a 10-year ban on owning animals and a lifetime ban on caring for other people’s pets.

Local environmental groups have mixed opinions on wolf cull

Valhalla Wilderness Society believes a park maybe the answer, instead of the wolf cull.

Local environmental groups are at odds over the province’s recent decision to cull nearly 200 wolves in the region, in an effort to save a herd of endangered mountain caribou.

The province announced plans last week to cull up to 184 wolves in an “immediate action” to protect the South Selkirk mountain caribou herd, which has dwindled to just 18 members, and is in danger of extinction.

Provincial & National

RCMP catch serial robber believed to be responsible for recent hold ups

The RCMP caught this man, seen here leaving a bank in High River, Friday in Grand Prairie.

The long arm of the RCMP finally caught up to a serial bank robber Friday believed to be responsible for hold-ups stretching from B.C. through Alberta to Saskatchewan.

RCMP said a 26-year-old man was arrested around 2:30 p.m. MT in Grande Prairie, Alta Friday.

The man was arrested to face charges, will be released on Monday, police said.

Serial armed robber strikes again?

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On Jan. 28 at 3:59 p.m., the Dawson Creek RCMP received a hold up alarm at one of the local financial institutions.

A lone male entered the establishment, produced a firearm and demanded money. No one was injured during the robbery and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The description provided by the business employees is as follows:

·         •White male

·         •25-35 years old