The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia is investigating a police-involved shooting that occurred this past Sunday.
The incident in question took place at a home on Colemore Street near 124th Avenue in Maple Ridge, while local RCMP were responding to a “domestic incident” around 1:00 pm.
The victim was 54-year-old Kyaw Naing Din.
The victim’s siblings say that he lived with mental illness and that they sometimes have to call the police to help take him to the hospital when he stopped taking his medication.
Din’s sister, Yin Yin, said that she greeted the officers before they approached his brother.
“He doesn’t have a gun. He doesn’t have a knife. He’s just in the room and I told the police he has a glass bottle that he might throw at you. I don’t want you to get hurt and I don’t want the police to shoot my brother”, she said she told the officers.
Furthermore, she claims that the officers said “We would never shoot your brother. We deal with this kind of thing all the time.”
However, the officers then encountered her brother holding a knife. Officers say they used a taser before opening fire.
“For no reason they use they bullet, for no reason. My brother was not armed, he was not violent,” his sister said.
The BC RCMP said in a statement that “During the course of the interaction a conducted energy weapon was deployed but was not successful, and another police officer fired their gun.”
The Independent Investigations Office will now be investigating whether there was any wrong-doing on the part of the officers.
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