The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Dawson Creek where one man was found deceased.
On November 18th, at approximately 11:45 p.m., RCMP in Dawson Creek attended a residence on 10th Street to arrest a man who was the subject of an arrest warrant. The warrant was in relation to a local ongoing investigation.
Upon officers attending the location, they confirmed the man subject of the warrant was inside the building, along with three women. The man was in possession of a weapon and refused to exit the residence.
The area around the location was cordoned off, while further police resources arrived, including the North District Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiator and Police Dog Services.
The three women were able to exit safely.
With the man now barricading himself inside, the ND ERT made ongoing attempts to communicate and negotiate with the man to safely surrender.
On two separate occasions, there was an exchange of gunfire with police.
At approximately 8:25 a.m. the following morning, police entered the residence, and found the man deceased with what is believed to be self-inflicted injuries.
No one else was injured.
The IIO BC is investigating police actions in the incident. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, police will not provide further information.
The RCMP is conducting a parallel investigation into the events that proceeded the interaction with police.
Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.
Information provided by BC RCMP
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