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Police watchdog investigating Shuswap incident

The police watchdog is investigating after a woman jumped from a Shuswap bridge shortly after speaking with an RCMP officer. File / Global News

The police watchdog is investigating after a woman jumped from a bridge in Chase, B.C., shortly after speaking to an RCMP officer.

According to police, just after noon on Friday, a young woman wearing a black sweater and dark stretchy jeans jumped in front of a vehicle on Pine Street before walking away.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) said an officer attended the scene and spoke to a young woman matching the description provided.

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A few minutes later, RCMP received a call reporting that a young woman had jumped from the Pine Street bridge.

The woman was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, according to the IIO.

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The police watchdog said that it was quickly determined that this was the same young woman the officer had recently spoken to.

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The IIO is investigating to determine what role, if any, the officer’s actions or inaction may have played in the serious harm of the woman.

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Anyone who saw or recorded the incident is asked to call 1-855-446-8477.

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