B.C.’s Police Watchdog says there’s been a mix-up in the information that it originally gave out.
Kelly Kilpatrick with the Independent Investigations Office says police actually shot and killed another man – not the masked man originally mentioned causing a disturbance at an open house involving the Site C Dam.
“There in fact was a disturbance at the event. The male who was involved left the event, and did not come into contact with police, and he is alive, and not the individual who was deceased.”
As for how the misinformation happened?
“I don’t know, that’s certainly something we are going to be following up on. Both the RCMP and the IIO work incredibly hard to verify information before it is released and I can say in the 95 – 96 cases that we have completed investigations on, this is a first.”
In the meantime, officials are turning their attention to the task at hand.
That includes a plea from Kilpatrick about some potential evidence circulating online.
“There’s a lot of video circulating and we ask very strongly that people be respectful and compassionate and, while they may be well-intentioned, if they could consider the implication of posting videos like that on the people involved…if they could make that information available to us.”
The name of the man who was actually shot is not being released at this time.
Kilpatrick says a knife was recovered at the scene.
This is the fifth officer-involved shooting since April 1st.