Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Carjacking Suspect Dies after Police Shooting at B.C. Ferry Dock: RCMP

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Carjacking Suspect Dies after Police Shooting at B.C. Ferry Dock: RCMP

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Carjacking suspect dies after shooting: B.C. RCMP

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NANAIMO, B.C. - A carjacking suspect died Tuesday after police say shots were fired during an attempted arrest at a ferry terminal in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

RCMP say officers were called to the Departure Bay terminal to arrest a male in connection with allegations of a "violent" carjacking in another part of B.C.

Initial information based on police accounts indicates the suspect got out of the vehicle with what was believed to be a gun and shots were fired, the Mounties said in a release.

The male, whose name and age were not released, was seriously injured and later died, police said. No police officers were injured.

RCMP declined further comment because B.C.'s police watchdog has taken over the investigation, which happens whenever police actions result in serious harm or death.

Ron MacDonald, the chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office, said there are a number of things the agency will have to determine including whether the suspect was armed and if there was an exchange of gunfire.

"Our understanding at this point is the driver exited the car and there was an interaction between the police and the driver. At that time the male driver was shot and he was taken to hospital, where he's subsequently pronounced deceased," he told a news conference.

"At this point we're not sure if there was an exchange of gunfire or not. …

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