Man who fired shots near Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia is in custody

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Police say man who fired shots near Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia is in custody

Man who fired shots near Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia is in custody

A man shot at two RCMP officers in British Columbia on Wednesday, in a province that has seen a significant increase in deadly violence by way of domestic disputes, reports said.

Seven police officers have been killed in the province since September. Most recently, one officer died and another was seriously injured in a shooting in Surrey, British Columbia, on Saturday.

The man was stopped by police after he allegedly pointed a gun at them as they approached his vehicle in Abbotsford, police said. The officer fired a shot and the suspect was subsequently arrested, the BC Coroners Service said.

The two Mounties were taken to hospital, police said. One was in serious condition.

Eric Jackson, a spokesman for the BC RCMP, said officers were checking with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to see whether the suspect had guns on him that had been seized by police.

Abbotsford is about 80 miles (130km) southeast of Vancouver.

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Last month, the British Columbia government unveiled a $107m plan to improve police training to focus on countering violence stemming from domestic relationships.

The shootings, largely in rural areas where most Canadians live, contrast with the country’s traditionally quiet cities, where two officers were shot and killed in November in a chaotic traffic stop in the central city of Surrey.

On New Year’s Day, an officer died of his injuries after being shot while responding to a domestic-related disturbance in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Last October, British Columbia’s RCMP lost two of its own in separate incidents.

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