FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Saturday marks the first anniversary of the fatal RCMP shooting at a BC Hydro, Site-C Dam public information session, in Dawson Creek.
The Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance during the evening of July 16th last year after police were advised that a male suspect was allegedly damaging property and disrupting the public event.
Upon arrival, police encountered a masked individual outside the meeting venue, believed at the time to be connected to the complaint.
In addition, the Independent Investigations Office initially reported the same evening, an individual who caused a disturbance at the event came into contact with police and was shot.
However, the next day Kellie Kilpatrick of the IIO at a news conference in Dawson Creekconfirmed the individual who was causing the disturbance left the event and did not come into contact with police.
She told reporters “We know now that when police arrived in response to that complaint, they came into contact with a second adult male unrelated to the public information session.”
She went on to say, despite officers demands and commands, the shooting victim did come into contact with officers in an aggressive manner, refused to drop a knife, and was subsequnetly shot.
The victim was later identified by the BC Coroners Service as 48 year old James Daniel McIntyre, a resident of Dawson Creek, and his death set in motion in this country a debate which rages on today in the US regarding police shootings, and it involved a number of high profile personalities including, Josh Paterson of the BC Civil Liberties Association.
Marten Youssef, Acting Director of Public Engagement and Policy at the IIO has confirmed the bulk of the investigative work is complete and there is now an internal review process underway.
However, he also noted it is common that during such a process additional investigative tasks may be carried out, and given the uncertainty of the time line needed to complete them, a fixed decision date cannot be determined at this time.