Neighbour says local man shot by RCMP was a "gentle, quiet man"

A neighbour of the man shot by RCMP in Buick Creek on Wednesday, says the farmer was a ‘happy go lucky kind of guy’.

Keith Bartsch’s family has lived next door to the farmer for around four years now. He says his German-speaking neighbor was your typical farmer.

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But, Bartsch says he heard through other community members that the farmer’s personality began to change a few months ago.

Bartsch says the man had a job fixing signs along the Alaska Highway. But around one year ago, he was laid off, leaving the family without an income.

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The farmer apparently had a larger family; Bartsch estimates there were ten kids, one was born around two months ago.

Bartsch says his family would occasionally visit his neighbours, and give them their used clothes. During these visits, the man’s children would help translate for their father.

Now, when the domestic dispute began on Saturday, Bartsch says he didn’t know what was going on. A chunk of the road had been blocked off, and the only indication that something was happening, Bartsch says, was that the farmer’s animals had migrated to his property.

Then, Bartsch found that on Wednesday his neighbor had been shot. Bartsch says he doesn’t blame the RCMP for what they did, because he doesn’t know the full details of the incident.

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He says while he doesn’t know where the farmer’s family is right now, the community is planning on welcoming them back with open arms.

The man cannot be identified until the RCMP notifies all of the farmer’s next-of-kin.

The investigation is ongoing, for full details on the incident Click Here.

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