Carjacking suspect has other charges

Man charged in last week's carjacking near Creston is facing other offences in the Lower Mainland

The Port Coquitlam man charged in last week’s alleged carjacking and shooting incidents in Kitchener and Cranbrook is facing other charges on the Lower Mainland.

Nicholas John Bullock, 26, is charged with robbery and possession of stolen property for allegedly stealing a vehicle by force on Tuesday, October 2 on Highway 3 between Creston and Yahk.

Bullock was arrested in Cranbrook later Tuesday night in an incident where the RCMP officer discharged his weapon. Bullock was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

But before the incidents here in the East Kootenay, there was a bench warrant on Bullock from Port Coquitlam Provincial Court.

He is facing charges there from September 13 of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a prohibited weapon without a license, possession of a firearm contrary to order, and breach of a probation order.

There are also outstanding charges from December 2011 in New Westminster of uttering threats.

Bullock will have a bail hearing in Cranbrook on Tuesday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, an investigation by B.C.’s civilian police watchdog has finished its preliminary stages.

Six members of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) spent three days in Cranbrook looking into the shooting incident that occurred while Bullock was being taken into custody.

Formed last month, the IIO investigates any police-involved incidents where a member of the public dies or is seriously harmed.

While in Cranbrook, the IIO attended the scene, monitored the scene examination and collecting evidence and the forensic examination of the vehicle. They also carried out neighbourhood canvasses and interviews with potential witnesses and the affected persons.

The IIO investigation is ongoing but once complete, the Chief Civilian Director will determine whether the RCMP officer involved in the incident has committed an offence. If yes, he will refer the case to Crown counsel. Otherwise, the IIO will release a public report of their findings.

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