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Police watchdog called in after man with weapon shot by Richmond Mounties

Richmond RCMP were responding to calls of a "man with a weapon"

B.C.’s police watchdog has been called in to investigate an RCMP-involved shooting in Richmond that sent one man to hospital in serious condition.

In a statement, BC RCMP said Richmond Mounties responded to reports about “a man with a weapon,” in the 7300-block of Turnill Street – near Bennett Road and south of Garden City Community Park – around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

After arriving at the scene, officers located a man who matched the description of the individual and cordoned off the area.

“Police officers began to engage with the individual and shots were fired by police,” BC RCMP said.

“Police provided medical assistance and (Emergency Health Services) was called to the scene. The man was transported to hospital in serious condition.”

Mounties did not provide any further information about the incident.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO BC) – the independent civilian oversight agency of police in B.C. – was notified and will investigate the actions of the officers.

The area has been closed off as part of the investigation.

No further information will be released at this time, according to IIO BC.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the IIO at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.