Stabbing call a mental-health issue, say RCMP

'We responded with full protocols that such a call would need'

Jason Hewlett / Kamloops Daily News
January 9, 2014 01:00 AM

RCMP and paramedics rushed to a frantic report from a 27-year-old woman saying three intruders had stabbed her at her Brocklehurst home only to learn the wound was self-inflicted.

Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the woman, who is known to police, suffers from mental illness and the entire incident was, in fact, untrue.

"The initial complaint about three suspects in a white Ford pickup, breaking into the front of her house and stabbing her, then breaking out the back of her house - the whole thing - is totally false," Learned said Thursday.

False or not, police responded accordingly Thursday morning with lights and sirens, a perimeter was set up in the neighbourhood around the 1800 block of Greenfield Avenue, and officers were stationed at the Overlanders Bridge, he said.

"We responded with full protocols that such a call would need," Learned said.

The first officers on scene discovered the woman had what appeared to be a self-inflicted cut to her abdominal wound. Learned said she was taken to Royal Inland Hospital, where her wound was tended to and she received a mental-health assessment.

Although police have dealt with her in the past, not all of the calls have been of a similar nature, he said. She can't be charged, because no crime has been committed.

Calls like this are not uncommon, said Learned. Which is why Kamloops RCMP partnered with Interior Health to create Car 40, a two-person crisis team dedicated to treating suicidal, emotionally disturbed people at the street level.

The initiative has been so successful, and frees up officers to tackle other matters, that RCMP could use a second unit, said Learned.

"There's more work than the one nurse and the one officer can keep up with," he said, adding Car 40 works during the hours that mental-health services operate.

In the case of Thursday's incident, police didn't know they were dealing with a mental-health issue until after officers arrived, he said.

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