Domestic dispute and standoff ends with BC man fatally shot by RCMP

A northeastern B.C. man has been shot and killed by the RCMP after a five-day standoff that started with a domestic dispute.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A northeastern B.C. man has been shot and killed by the RCMP after a five-day standoff that started with a domestic dispute.

It’s the second time in less than a week that a northern B.C. resident has died in gunfire with police after a man died Saturday near New Hazelton while Mounties tried to arrest him.

The RCMP say the latest incident began Saturday when the 41-year-old resident of a farm near Buick Creek, north of Fort St. John, pursued a van carrying his wife, an undetermined number of children and a friend.

Police say he forced the vehicle to stop, then shot out the front tires but the van kept going to a nearby home, said RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

He said the man did not follow his wife and children into the house.

“They’re into the house, he’s outside. He’s around the empty van demanding that they come out and return home with him,” Moskaluk said. ”They don’t let him in.”

The man then allegedly shot out the van’s rear tires and went home as police were called.

Attempts to communicate with the man were unsuccessful, despite the use of a translator to speak to the German-speaking man. A family friend also tried to contact him.

Finally on Wednesday, local Mounties summoned an emergency response team, which included a crisis negotiator, Moskaluk said.

“As in previous days repeated contact attempts were made with the assistance of an interpreter but again were made with negative results.”

Police spotted the man moving around his property several times carrying a gun.

But just before 1 p.m. he apparently tried to leave the farm and was confronted by emergency-response members.

“It is confirmed that shots were fired by police striking the male,” said Moskaluk.

Paramedics reached the man within two minutes but the wounds were fatal, he said.

Moskaluk could not say whether the man was armed when he was shot.

The man’s name was being withheld until relatives are notified.

Just Posted

Sunday Red Deer election forum on diversity, inclusion cancelled

A Red Deer election forum scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled.… Continue reading

Boy, 5, dead after being hit by truck his dad was driving at Alberta landfill

LAC LA BICHE, Alta. — Police say a five-year-old boy has died… Continue reading

Coat, cash donations accepted on the side of the road in Red Deer

Fifth annual Coats for Kids and CACPC Charity Checkstop held Saturday afternoon on Taylor Drive

UPDATE: Red Deer RCMP locate missing 64-year-old woman

Red Deer RCMP have located a 64-year-old woman, who was reported missing,… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer Citizens on Patrol monitoring downtown with new program

Volunteers will patrol downtown Red Deer to help keep the city safe.… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Tuesday The Small Business Centre at Burman University’s School of Business invites… Continue reading

Ever since I was a youngster, my life has gone to the dogs

I’ve really been going to the dogs lately. “That’s for sure,” you… Continue reading

By necessity, some stories are sad

One of the comments I received was my columns have gotten away… Continue reading

RDC Kings draw, Queens soccer fall to Kodiaks

The RDC Kings moved one step closer to securing an Alberta Colleges… Continue reading

Scheer won’t say if Conservatives hired consultant to ‘destroy’ People’s party

TORONTO — With election day less than 48 hours away, Andrew Scheer… Continue reading

Man’s death in Richmond, B.C. suspicious, not random, say investigators

RICHMOND, B.C. — The discovery of a man’s body in a Richmond,… Continue reading

Quebec man found guilty of first-degree murder in slaying of ex-wife, stranger

ST-JEROME, Que. — A Quebec man was found guilty of first-degree murder… Continue reading

Most Read