Two killed after confrontation with police in northern B.C. town of Granisle

Police watchdog deployed after Mounties called to neighbours' dispute involving a handgun

  • Thu Apr 21st, 2016 7:00am
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Police say two people were killed after shots were fired involving police in Granisle

Two people are dead after shots were fired involving police on Thursday in the northern B.C. community of Granisle, RCMP said.

Officers were called that afternoon to a dispute between neighbours involving a handgun in the village north of Burns Lake, police said. They established a perimeter around the home and tried to contact the people inside.

“One person exited the residence and confronted police. Shots were fired,” said Staff Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, a senior media relations officer with E Division, in an online statement. “The second person exited the residence, confronted police and shots were fired.”

Paramedics who were already there rushed to the victims, but both were dead. No officer was hurt.

The Independent Investigations Office, which handles incidents of serious harm or death involving police in B.C., was called in. It has not provided any further information.

No details have been released about the victims or what prompted the dispute or counter with police.