SURREY, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office has released a report today clearing a Dawson Creek police officer in a fatal shooting that occurred in July of 2015.
The IIO says no charges will be brought forward in the case.
“Based on a review of all of the evidence collected during the course of the investigation and the law as it applies, the interim Chief Civilian Director of the IIO does not consider that any police officer may have committed an offence under any enactment and therefore the matter will not be referred to Crown counsel for consideration of charges.”
The Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance during the evening of July 16, 2015 after police were advised that a male suspect was allegedly damaging property and disrupting the BC Hydro, Site-C Dam public information session, in Dawson Creek.
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.
When police did arrive, they saw a man in a mask with one hand behind his back outside of the Stonebridge hotel. The report says it would become evident that the man was not the subject of the original complaint. Officers asked the man to show his hand but he kept moving past them.
Officers noted that a switchblade was being carried, but was not initially open. Witnesses said the man opened the knife and moved towards the officers.
“Civilian witnesses who saw this interaction described the affected person’s behaviour as “lunging towards”, “jabbing at” and “coming towards” the officers.”
Police ordered him to drop the knife and pepper spray was deployed but didn’t have any effect. The man with the knife did not comply to drop the knife and was shot once by an officer who is being referred as “subject officer”.
The man who was shot did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital.
The IIO was then notified on July 16, 2015 at around 8:50 p.m. and an investigation was started. The victim was later identified by the BC Coroners Service as 48-year-old James Daniel McIntyre, a resident of Dawson Creek.