Saturday, August 14, 2021

Shots fired incident resulting in injuries in Bella Coola brought ERT response from Prince George

A tense situation on the Central Coast was resolved Thursday as Bella Coola Mounties responded to an incident which saw two members of the public injured in a shooting on a property near the community. 

In an information release from the Bella Coola detachment on Friday, the RCMP outlined the nature of the Wednesday evening incident which took place just after 9PM and how it was resolved with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team from Prince George. 

"RCMP Frontline members attended the local hospital and spoke with a group of people who indicated that they had approached what they thought was an abandoned property. 

As they approached, an individual exited a cabin on the property. They left the area without any incident or confrontation. A short distance away that same individual exited from behind some bushes brandishing a firearm. He then fired it at their vehicle, striking it and injuring two people inside it. 

Members of the Prince George RCMP Emergency Response Team were contacted for assistance, attended Bella Coola and were instrumental in the safe arrest of the suspect." 

Sergeant Chris Manseau, RCMP media relations officer provided some further background to the situation which helped to shape the response.

"The victims of this incident were able to give an accurate description of what happened. Based on their statements, the local members were quickly able to identify a suspect. Because of this, the suspect was located a short time later, and taken into custody without incident. 

Members of the RCMP will remain at the rural property while a search warrant is executed. The suspect remains in RCMP custody at this time."

Bella Coola Mounties had a serious incident to contend with this past week

Bella Coola Mounties note that they belief the incident was an isolated situation and serves no further threat to the public. 

Should anyone in the Bella Coola region have any further information on the incident they are asked to contact the detachment at 250- 799 - 5363

The full statement from the RCMP can be reviewed here.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders in the Northwest and Central Coast can be reviewed here.

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