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Shooting victim wasn’t causing disturbance at Dawson Creek meeting

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by JOC Digital Media last update:Jul 20, 2015

The man gunned down by RCMP near a Site C public information session in Dawson Creek was not the man causing a disturbance at the meeting, Independent Investigations Office officials announced.
Shooting victim wasn’t causing disturbance at Dawson Creek meeting

Around 6:30 p.m. on July 16, Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of disturbance at a BC Hydro public information session in the 500 Block of Highway 2.

Police were advised that a male was allegedly damaging property and disrupting the public event.

Upon arrival, police encountered a masked individual outside, believed at the time to be connected to the complaint.

"The individual who was causing the disturbance left the event and did not come into contact with police," said IIO spokesperson Kellie Kilpatrick at a press conference in Dawson Creek this evening.

"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."

"The male came into contact with officers in an aggressive manner, and despite officers demands and commands, he was shot."

The Site C project on the Peace River was given the green light by the province on July 7.

The meeting in Dawson Creek was the last of five public consultations held this month

The victim is believed to have been associated with Anonymous, a loosely organized international network of computer savvy activist groups. The group has condemned the shooting. It released a statement describing the masked person has having been "mercilessly shot and killed ... without provocation or cause" while protesting.

last update:Jul 20, 2015

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