Attempted traffic stop that led to deadly crash under investigation by B.C.'s police watchdog
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ARMSTRONG, B.C. -- A man is dead and a woman is hurt after their vehicle crashed as police tried to pull it over, just north of Vernon, B.C.
A statement from RCMP says an officer from the Vernon North Okanagan detachment spotted the Mazda 6 near Armstrong just after 3 a.m. Sunday and suspected it was stolen.
It crashed into a shallow ditch minutes later, killing the driver and injuring the female passenger.
The Independent Investigations Office, which examines all police-involved deaths or serious injures in B.C., confirms it has been called.
It says a team will determine whether police actions or inactions contributed to the death.
The BC Coroners Service is also carrying out its own investigation.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020.