UPDATE: Man killed in shootout with Kamloops RCMP near Rose Hill

By James Peters
September 14, 2018 - 8:28pm Updated: September 14, 2018 - 10:44pm

KAMLOOPS — UPDATE: One man is dead after an exchange of gunfire involving Kamloops RCMP officers and a member of the public near Rose Hill.

According to RCMP E-Division, the incident began at about 4:30 p.m., when police received a report of a suspicious man, possibly impaired, last seen near a camper trailer about three kilometres past the Rose Hill neighbourhood.

When officers attended, there was an exchange of gunfire.

Officers blocked off the area and called in backup, including the Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT).

Investigators later found the body of a man at the scene.

No one else was injured, whether RCMP officers or members of the public.

As the man's death was related to the actions of RCMP members, the B.C. Independent Investigations Office was alerted and IIO investigators were dispatched to the scene.

IIO will take control of the investigation, and RCMP are asking any witnesses to contact IIO at 1 (855) 446-8477.

The identity of the dead man has not been released.

EARLIER: B.C.'s police watchdog says it has deployed investigators to an officer-involved shooting near Kamloops.

In a tweet, the Independent Investigations Office says investigators will arrive on scene later this evening.

Though it is not confirmed to be related, Kamloops RCMP officers were deployed en masse to the Rose Hill area Friday evening.

Witnesses said at least 15-20 police vehicles rushed up Rose Hill Road during the 5:00 p.m. hour.

Kamloops RCMP would not tell the CFJC Today crew on the scene any details, and the local detachment has not released any information to media via news release.

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