Photo: The RCMP remain on the scene of a fatal shooting Wednesday afternoon – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
A Buick Creek Man is dead following a confrontation with RCMP Emergency Response Team Members.
On Saturday September 26th, an incident occurred at a rural farm on the Aitken Creek Road near Buick Creek. According to the RCMP, a 41 year-old male resident of a the farm, allegedly pursued a van containing his wife, his children and a friend, and using his own vehicle forced them to come to a stop.
Once stopped, the man allegedly shot out the front tires of the van, while the van was being driven to a nearby residence, where his family and friend sought safety inside the home. The male then allegedly shot out the rear tires of the empty van and demanded that his wife and children return home with him.
When the male was then denied access to the home, he left and returned to his property while still in possession of a firearm. At this point the RCMP were called in for assistance.
Once the Fort St. John RCMP arrived on scene all attempts to communicate with the male were met with refusal. With the help of a translator, they continued to try and communicate with the German-speaking male. They also enlisted the help of a family friend, who made regular contact with the male and tried to persuade him to cooperate with police. All of these attempts were unsuccessful.
Then on Tuesday September 29th, a vehicle believed to be driven by the male attempted to leave the farm, but quickly retreated after the driver spotted police. At that point the Fort St. John RCMP called in the North Districts Emergency Response Team (ERT), in order to help deal with the volatile situation.
On Wednesday September 30th, the Emergency Response Team arrived and contained the property. The male was spotted numerous times on the property in possession of a firearm. Again contact was attempted with the assistance of an interpreter but was met with negative results.
According to the RCMP, at approximately 12:50pm, the male allegedly attempted to leave the property and had a confrontation with ERT members.
Shots were fired by police striking the male. The Paramedics were brought into the scene within two minutes but were unable to save the male, as the wounds were fatal.
At this time the RCMP are withholding the male’s name, until next-of-kin have been notified. RCMP Victim Services is offering assistance to the family and friends.
A investigative team from the Lower Mainland is currently en-route to the scene and the RCMP say the scene has been contained.
The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP has also been asked to provide and independent observer to monitor the investigation.
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