Two dead after confrontation with police in B.C.'s Northern Interior

By The Canadian Press
April 21, 2016 - 11:05pm Updated: April 22, 2016 - 1:09pm

GRANISLE, B.C. — Eight members of British Columbia’s Independent Investigations Office were expected to arrive in a northern village today to investigate a shooting involving police that left two people dead.

A news release from the police watchdog says RCMP report they were called to Granisle, 63 kilometres east of Smithers, on Thursday at about 12:30 p.m. to a dispute.

Police say the dispute between neighbours involved a handgun.

The independent investigations office says police were trying to speak to anyone in the home when two people left it, confronted police and shots were fired.

They were treated by paramedics but did not survive.

The Mounties say they arrived at the house at 1:22 p.m. and shots were fired at about 2:50 p.m.

The independent investigations office looks into all incidents of death or serious injury involving police.

A spokesman for the organization says investigators will begin collecting evidence and canvassing witnesses today.

The coroner has not identified the victims.

Coun. Jim O’Farrell said they were a mother and son and a family source told Vancouver radio station CKNW that the man was 39 and the woman was in her 70s. (CKNW, The Canadian Press)


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