Man killed by police in Prince George identified
CTV British Columbia
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:15PM PDT
The man shot and killed during a confrontation with RCMP in Prince George, B.C. Monday has been identified.
The BC Coroners Service said 40-year-old Gregory Matters of Prince George was killed in a stand-off with RCMP.
Police said Matters was the subject of a police investigation, and on Monday Mounties located him at his property on Pinko Road.
Cpl. Craig Douglass said an altercation at the scene led to the suspect being shot and killed.
Court documents show Matters received one day in jail and nine month’s probation after being convicted for uttering threats in June 2011. He was also prohibited from carrying weapons following a suspended sentence for uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm in 2010.
CTV News also learned Matters served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia and was eventually given a medical discharge due to a disability. Family members said he was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The investigation into the death will be the first for the new Independent Investigations Office, which probes serious complaints against police in the province.
The office sent a team of 10 investigators up to the shooting site hours after learning of the death.
With files from the Canadian Press