Search for suspect continues as police confirm officer was shot

BC RCMP is confirming a police officer was shot during a rapidly evolving series of events that began this afternoon in Golden.

BC RCMP is confirming a police officer was shot during a rapidly evolving series of events that began this afternoon near Golden, BC.

The police officer suffered the gunshot after the member and other police officers attempted to stop a vehicle believed to be associated to a theft. Events unfolded thereafter to include the theft of a vehicle, allegedly at gunpoint.

“At this time were confirming that our officer sustained a gunshot injury during the circumstances surrounding the initial vehicle stop. The police officer has been taken to hospital. The officer and family are being offered all possible support”, says Staff Sergeant Rob Vermeulen, spokesperson for RCMP in B.C.

Highway 1 near Golden was shut down to traffic after the incident. Traffic is now beginning to be allowed through, but please note the highway is not fully re-opened yet.

“Thank you very much to the motoring public for their patience. These are serious allegations, and our officers needed to work quickly to gather perishable evidence”, says S/Sgt. Vermeulen.

No one is in custody at this time. The search for the suspect is continuing and further information will follow when available.