Independent Investigations Office confirms Slocan man shot by police
The Independent Investigations Office confirmed in a news release Tuesday that 45-year-old Peter DeGroot died from a gunshot injury sustained during an interaction with two members of the Emergency Response Team near a cabin west of Slocan.
An IIO team arrived in the area Monday evening and is currently on the scene.
“In addition, a firearm was found at the scene,” the release went on to say.
The release said the IIO investigation is still in its early stages and investigators are expected to be in the area this week.
“IIO resources include a team director, three investigators and a forensic specialist,” the release said.
“In additions to this, the IIO will provide dedicated services to assist the family of the deceased affected person.
The BC Coroners Service has also started an investigation into the shooting.
The IIO and the RCMP will work within the terms agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Chief Civilian Director and B.C.’s police services in July 2012.
The IIO’s goals are to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and ensure transparency through public reporting.