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One person has been killed after a roadside confrontation in Nanaimo escalated into a police-involved shooting Saturday afternoon.

The incident began around 2 p.m. in the 800 block of Haliburton Street  on Saturday, July 23rd.  Nanaimo RCMP received reports of a man and woman fighting on the road near Highview Terrace.

“Upon police arrival, the man had allegedly produced a weapon. Shots were fired by police and the man was injured,” a release from RCMP stated.

Police said the man died from his injuries at the scene, despite efforts from paramedics to revive him.

Both the man and woman were known to each other.

A large police presence remained in the area throughout the day with the road blocked from near Woodhouse Street to the entrance of the Nanaimo Coastland Mill.

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO) has taken over the investigation and will look to determine any police wrongdoing.

The IIO automatically initiates an investigation when injury or death results during or following an interaction with police regardless of whether a complaint is filed or not.

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