RCMP kill masked man at BC Hy­dro public ses­sion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Moun­ties have shot and killed a man out­side a BC Hy­dro public in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on the planned Site C hy­dro­elec­tric dam in the province’s Peace re­gion.

Daw­son Creek RCMP said Thurs­day evening they were called about a man dam­ag­ing prop­erty and dis­rupt­ing the hear­ing.

Po­lice said that when they ar­rived, they en­coun­tered a masked man out­side the venue and be­lieved he was con­nected to the com­plaint.

RCMP said de­spite at­tempts to de-es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion, there was a con­fronta­tion and the uniden­ti­fied man was shot and later died in hos­pi­tal.

Moun­ties se­cured the scene pend­ing the ar­rival of a team from the In­de­pen­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice Fri­day.

The po­lice watchdog in­ves­ti­gates all of­fi­cer-in­volved in­ci­dents in Bri­tish Columbia that re­sult in death or se­ri­ous in­jury. Spokes­woman Kel­lie Kil­patrick said a foren­sic spe­cial­ist was to take over the scene while in­ves­ti­ga­tors spoke with wit­nesses and se­cured any video.

Kil­patrick said it was early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and she did not have fur­ther de­tails about the con­fronta­tion be­tween the man and po­lice.

She said the IIO would not re­lease any de­tails about the iden­ti­ties of the of­fi­cers or the de­ceased.

“The in­for­ma­tion we have is that a male was cre­at­ing a dis­tur­bance, al­legedly de­stroy­ing prop­erty,” she said.

“The in­di­vid­ual was es­corted from the event and sub­se­quently came into con­tact with po­lice just out­side.

“Our in­for­ma­tion from po­lice is that he was non-com­pli­ant with their di­rec­tions and an al­ter­ca­tion took place and he was shot.”

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