Man fatally shot by RCMP in Dawson Creek identified
The man shot during an encounter with RCMP in Dawson Creek has been identified by the BC Coroners Service.
James Daniel McIntyre, 48, of Dawson Creek was shot and killed around 7:20 p.m. on July 16 in the parking lot of the Fixx Urban Grill. He was rushed to a local hospital but died shortly after arrival.
The shooting took place outside a public hearing for the contentious Site C dam. A witness video posted on Facebook shows two officers with their guns drawn standing over a man in a grey hoodie while he is slumped on the ground.
"The cops just ... shot this guy," says a man in a profanity-filled narrative as he records the video. "He's ... dead. There's blood everywhere."
A spokeswoman for B.C.'s police watchdog says two men, not one, were involved in the fatal shooting.
Kellie Kilpatrick of the Independent Investigations Office says her organization initially reported on Thursday evening that an individual who caused a disturbance at the BC Hydro event came into contact with police outside and was shot.
But she says the man who allegedly caused the disturbance left the area and police shot a second, unrelated man who was aggressive and did not follow police commands.
On Sunday, the hacktivist group Anonymous says it took down the RCMP’s national website Sunday as part of a campaign to avenge a fallen “comrade,” who died in the police-involved shooting.
Members of the group have claimed responsibility for a series of cyberattacks against RCMP websites on Sunday, while also threatening to reveal the identity of the RCMP officer involved in the fatal shooting.
The RCMP’s national website, Dawson Creek affiliate site and the RCMP Heritage Centre site were all offline on Sunday. A Twitter account claiming to speak for Anonymous has taken responsibility for the outages, which started on Sunday afternoon.
A spokesperson from the Department of Public Safety says Sunday afternoon that they are “monitoring the situation closely.”
The BC Coroners Service and the Independent Investigations Office are investigating the shooting.
With files from The Canadian Press and CTV National