British Columbia

B.C.'s police watchdog investigates after fatal police-involved shooting on highway south of Prince George

The Independent Investigations Office said Prince George RCMP received a report of a man whom police described was experiencing distress. The man was located on Highway 97 and officers contained the scene, stopping traffic for a few hours on Thursday night.

The incident closed a stretch of Highway 97 in northern B.C. for several hours on Thursday evening

Police cars
Highway 97 south of Prince George was closed for several hours Thursday following a police-involved shooting. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

B.C.'s police watchdog says it is investigating the death of a man on a highway near Prince George on Thursday. 

RCMP said it notified the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) — which steps in to investigate when an interaction with police in the province ends with someone being killed or seriously injured — about the incident, which occurred at around 4:45 p.m.

In a release, police said they received a report of a man whom they described was experiencing a mental health crisis.

The man was located in a vehicle south of the scales on Highway 97, RCMP said, and officers contained the scene and stopped highway traffic.

"An interaction occurred between the man and police outside of the vehicle which resulted in the officer firing his weapon," reads an RCMP statement.

A sign saying 'road closed ahead, police incident' is pictured at nighttime, on a highway filled with traffic.
The highway between 15 Mile Road and Reeves Drive was closed, according to a DriveBC update posted just before 7 p.m. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC News)

"The man was shot and police provided medical attention until Emergency Health Services arrived."

He later died of his injuries, RCMP said.

In a separate release, the IIO said it has started an investigation seeking to confirm details of the interaction between the man and police.

The highway has re-opened to single-lane alternating traffic, and traffic delays may continue through the night.


Earlier Thursday evening, the highway was closed between 15 Mile Road and Reeves Drive, according to a DriveBC update posted just before 7 p.m. 

A line of more than 60 vehicles were observed along the stretch of highway south of Prince George, on the way to Quesnel. No detour was available.


  • A previous version of this story attributed details of the interaction between the man and police to the Independent Investigations Office. In fact the details were provided by RCMP.
    Mar 17, 2023 12:10 AM PT

With files from Andrew Kurjata