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Buick Creek investigation continues


Photo:  The RCMP spent several days at the site of a fatal RCMP involved shooting last September – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca 


More than a year after a Buick Creek man was shot in a police standoff, the incident is still under investigation.

The investigation is taking a long time to be completed since there are several components that need to be looked into thoroughly.
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The investigation into the use of lethal force is being conducted by the RCMP “E” Division Major Crimes Unit with the supervision of an independent officer from the Vancouver Police department, says Corporal Dan Moskaluk. However, Moskaluk says one of the reports coming out of the investigation is in the process of being completed.

To ensure impartiality in the investigative process, he says this particular report is being conducted by a member of the Calgary Police Department. As well, the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP employs a member of the public to ensure all officers working on the case are impartial.
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Moskaluk says the B.C. Coroner Service will determine whether or not to hold an inquiry or an inquest after the investigation is completed.

Police were called to a property on Sept. 26, 2009 after a man had reportedly attempted to stop his wife and kids, along with a neighbour, from leaving the property by shooting at the vehicle they were in.

Fort St. John RCMP officers went to the residence, but the man barricaded himself inside and would not communicate with police. Moskaluk says at that point the Emergency Response Team was called in to set up a perimeter and to assist the other officers.

On Sept. 30, the man apparently tried to leave the property with a rifle and was shot by members of the Emergency Response Team.

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It is not known at this time whether the officers involved in the shooting are on active duty.


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