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article imageB.C. police shoot, kill four people in five weeks

By Salim Jiwa     Oct 24, 2009 in Crime
B.C. cops have shot dead a Nanaimo man while investigating a noise complaint. Police said there was a confrontation and the man was shot. He is the fourth person shot dead by cops in B.C. in five weeks. A man was critically injured in a fifth shooting.
NANAIMO, B.C. – Cops have shot dead a fourth B.C. resident in less than five weeks.
This time, things went awry while police were investigating a noise complaint in a townhouse complex in the Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo on Friday.
“Nanaimo RCMP Detachment members were called to a townhouse located in the 500 block of Selby Street for a report of noise complaint,” said a statement issued by RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Vermeulen about the incident that began at 6 a.m. on Friday.
“When officers arrived, they encountered a male. Given the nature of the subject’s response to police, the members withdrew and contained the residence, requesting the attendance of the Emergency Response Team and a police service dog,” he said, without providing details of the nature of the conduct towards police or whether the male was armed.
“Paramedics were also asked to standby,” said Vermeulen.
“While officers awaited the arrival of these specialized units, the male came out of the residence,” he said.
“A confrontation ensued between him and the officers and shots were fired by police. The male was struck and he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The name of the victim is being with held pending notification of next of kin,” he said.
Police have asked the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) to conduct an investigation which will be led by Victoria Police.
“The RCMP regrets this tragic loss of life and is cooperating fully with the investigation,” he said in a press release.
“The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) has been advised of this incident and have invoked their Independent Observer Program to provide civilian monitoring of the police investigation,” said Vermeulen.
“The observer will be given unfettered access to all aspects of the investigation to ensure impartiality throughout the course of the investigation,” he added.
The police did not say why a number of police officers who were there failed to overpower the man. There was no mention of the man being armed.
This is the fourth fatal shooting by police in B.C. since Sept. 18.
In another incident, police critically wounded a man on Sept. 18 during a traffic stop on Vancouver Island. On Oct. 10, cops fired shots at a car as it raced past them while officers were investigating a car accident in Surrey, B.C.
* Sept. 18. Eugene Anthony Knight, 46, a handyman in Vancouver was shot dead by Vancouver Police after they received a 911 call stating Knight was holding a knife to his wife’s throat. Police broke into the apartment and fired Taser darts then shot and killed the man. The man’s 13-year-old daughter was present in the small apartment when her dad was shot.
* Sept. 26: Rodney Jackson, 27, who was wanted on five warrants, was shot dead by RCMP who had hunted him down to a rural location 70 kilometres from the community of Hazelton. Jackson, police said, was shot dead during an attempt to arrest him. They said he was armed.
* Sept. 30: A 41-year-old farmer who was the father of 11 children was shot dead by RCMP’s emergency response team when he attempted to break out of a police cordon in the small farming community of Buick Creek north of Fort St. John. Police said the man had earlier threatened his own family and blown out tires of a vehicle containing his wife and children. Police said they did not want the man to exit the cordoned area armed with a rifle
* On Sept. 18, police fired at a 40-year-old motorist and critically wounded him during a traffic stop near Duncan on Vancouver Island. The man was ordered to sit down near his car and allegedly shot while he was seated on the ground. A policeman involved in that shootings has been assigned desk duties while an investigation continues.
* On Oct. 10, Surrey RCMP officers fired shots at a car that failed to obey a flag person at the scene of an accident. The cops fired at the car as it passed them but police were unable to determine if anyone was injured as a result of the police firing. An investigation is underway.
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