DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — An open house by BC Hydro for Site C at Dawson Creek’s Fixx Urban Grill, located at the Stonebridge Hotel, ended in tragedy one July night when RCMP were involved in the shooting death of a man.
Police were told that a man was allegedly damaging property and disrupting the public event. Once they arrived on scene, they encountered a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask outside the hotel, believed to be connected to the original complaint.
RCMP say the officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, but unfortunately the confrontation between police and the person ended in them being shot. The suspect was transported to the Dawson Creek Hospital, where he passed away from his injuries.
North District Major Crime was deployed to the incident and secured the scene along with any physical evidence.
The probe into the shooting grew more dramatic when a video of the incident emerged. In the video posted on Facebook, two officers with their guns drawn are seen standing over a man in a grey hoodie, who’s slumped on the ground.
B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office first said that a man who caused a disturbance had been shot by police outside the venue, but later acknowledged investigators initially misidentified the person shot, adding the man who allegedly caused the disturbance had actually left the area before police got there.
Spokesperson Kellie Kilpatrick says when officers arrived, they confronted a man who had nothing to do with the original disturbance complaint, adding that the man was aggressive, ignored police commands.
She said she doesn’t know how the initial misidentification happened, but notes that a knife was seized at the scene.
In September, a local farmer told the Globe and Mail he should have been shot by RCMP outside a Site C open house in Dawson Creek, saying the man shot by RCMP created a diversion so he could get away.
“He stepped up and took that shot for me, that’s for sure,” Terry Hadland told them in an interview.