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New West police investigate woman shot in cop-chase 0

JOE SAPIENZA, 24 HOURS

New Westminster police are investigating who fired the shots that wounded a 19-year-old suspect in a West Kelowna-to-Vernon police chase Tuesday.

The woman is now recovering in hospital after surgery but her injuries are not considered life threatening.

RCMP officers in West Kelowna were trying to pull over a Dodge van that had three people inside, which led to the exchange of gunshots early Tuesday afternoon.

After an hour-long chase, two men and a woman were apprehended near Swan Lake in Vernon.

Officers from the New Westminster Police Department have since been called in to investigate the use of force by the Mounties involved.

The five RCMP officers who had a role in the incident have now been placed on "restricted non-operational duties" until they have completed a fitness for duty assessment.

Sgt. Paul Hyland from New Westminster police said the investigation was still in its preliminary stages.

"They're trying to sort out the sequence of events," he said.

Although the five Mounties have been reassigned to non-operational roles, Hyland would not confirm if the shot that wounded the woman came from the RCMP.

"It has not been determined yet as to who shot the round, that would be part of the investigation."

The two men arrested in the incident appeared at Kelowna courts Thursday for unrelated outstanding warrants.


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