Coroner IDs suspect killed after Canadian Tire stabbings
Published Monday, November 14, 2016 11:37AM PST
Last Updated Monday, November 14, 2016 7:02PM PST
The man who was shot to death by police after a double-stabbing at a Canadian Tire last week has been identified as a 38-year-old Vancouver resident.
Daniel Peter Rintoul died in a confrontation with officers outside the Bentall Street store on Nov. 10, the B.C. Coroners Service revealed Monday.
Rintoul, who was originally from Alberta, does not appear to have a criminal record, though police said he was known to them.
A man by the same name travelled from Calgary to China in 2002 in support of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, and was at one point detained in Beijing, according to news stories.
The Falun Dafa Association issued a statement saying Rintoul had not been a part of its community for "many years."
"Falun Gong is a practice based on the principles truth, compassion and tolerance," spokesperson Joel Chipkar said. "This is a tragic situation that happened and we send compassion to all affected."
The deceased's family has asked for privacy.
Police were called to the Canadian Tire after a man in camouflage stabbed a clerk, tried to steal guns, and held an 82-year-old customer hostage.
Rintoul allegedly went on to stab a police officer multiple times, including in the head, before officers opened fire. The suspect died at the scene.
The Independent Investigations Office, which is tasked with probing all police incidents that result in serious harm or death, is continuing to investigate, as is the B.C. Coroners Service.
On Tuesday, the IIO is expected to make a public plea for witnesses with video of the startling incident to come forward. They said security camera footage shows a number of people were recording what happened.
With files from CTV Vancouver's Maria Weisgarber