Suspect Survives Police Shooting Despite Violent Confrontation at Vancouver Island


A male individual, who provoked an altercation with police, escalating to the point where he smashed his SUV into a law enforcement vehicle outside a Vancouver Island RCMP detachment, was found not to have sustained serious injuries, despite being shot by police officers. This finding was pronounced by the province’s police oversight agency.

While the incident in question, which occurred on May 12, led to the hospitalization of both the alleged perpetrator and an officer who sustained injuries, it was found by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) not to have resulted in grievous harm to the suspect. The IIO, mandated to probe incidents involving officers that lead to serious injuries or death, reached the conclusion after perusing video evidence and medical records. It was determined that a solitary police bullet, which struck the suspect, did not inflict severe harm.

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The accused, Lunden Taylor Howard, born in the year 1994, is slated to attend a court hearing in Victoria on Wednesday, facing a total of four charges. These resulting charges emerged from the incident in the dark hours of May 12 and include assault by choking, aggravated assault, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The incident was caught on camera by a witness residing in an apartment adjacent to the RCMP detachment. The recording began at approximately 6:30 a.m., shortly after the head-on collision of the Mazda SUV and the police cruiser. The video illustrates a male individual dressed in a grey hoodie, standing next to a dark-coloured SUV, which had pushed the police vehicle backwards into a ditch.

As two uniformed RCMP officers move towards the man, who seemed to be rummaging through the backseat of the SUV, one of them draws his weapon. The suspect is seen turning towards the weapon-bearing officer, followed by the reverberating crack of a single gunshot. The man is then seen plummeting back onto the pavement.

This episode was the second of its kind within a span of six weeks at the same detachment. In the previous instance, a man steering a skid-steer loader through residential areas at night was shot in the head twice and seriously injured after a slow-speed pursuit involving numerous police vehicles. The investigative responsibility for this first altercation also lies with the IIO, which continues to appeal to the public for witnesses.