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Second update: Mounties have located the vehicle of the person alleged to have shot a police officer on the Trans-Canada Highway Tuesday afternoon west of Golden.
The vehicle was found abut three kilometres east of Revelstoke.
The manhunt continues, while people living in the small neighbourhood of Johnson Heights, near the search area, are being asked to stay inside.
First update: RCMP confirmed a police officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while conducting a traffic stop on the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden.
“At this time we’re 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”, wrote RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Rob Vermeulen in a news release.
Police were stopping traffic while looking for a suspected car thief. According to the RCMP, there was an altercation that led to the officer being shot, and the suspect fleeing in another vehicle it allegedly stole at gunpoint.
The incident resulted in the closure of the Trans-Canada while police searched for the suspect. RCMP say traffic is now being allowed through after a closure lasting about four hours, but the highway is not fully re-opened yet.
“Thank you very much to the motoring public for their patience,” wrote Vermeulen. “These are serious allegations, and our officers needed to work quickly to gather perishable evidence.”
The search for the suspect continues.
The RCMP is hunting for a suspect after a police officer was reportedly shot following a vehicle theft near Golden, B.C. on Tuesday.
The Trans-Canada Highway is closed from Revelstoke to Donald, B.C., as a result of the incident.
Golden RCMP say the incident happened when an officer stopped a vehicle at the weigh scales west of Golden in connection with a possible vehicle theft.
“The suspect in the stopped vehicle failed to comply with police direction, and subsequently stole a nearby vehicle,” wrote RCMP spokesperson, Staff-Sgt. Rob Vermeulen in a news release. “During this incident an RCMP police officer was injured with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.”
The news release did not make mention of a shooting, however it is being reported as such by numerous media outlets.
“There is now an active search underway for the suspect in this incident, with multiple police resources responding,” wrote Vermeulen. “Please be advised it is very early during an evolving police investigation, and information at this time, such as direction of travel, is still limited.
“Although it is recognized that the public may want to be of assistance in this matter, at this time police are unable to provide any further information. Updates will be provided when feasible.”