Police are releasing little information about a police-involved shooting in the Nimpo Lake area that has left a Williams Lake resident dead.
Around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, the Anahim Lake RCMP received a complaint in the area of Nimpo Lake.
While the nature of the initial complaint and specifics around the police response are now subject to an on-going investigation, RCMP confirmed that a man from Williams Lake was shot and killed.
The RCMP say an independent, outside police department has been called in to investigate the shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 24.
BC Coroner and victim services have been notified and the site has been secured. Weather conditions, including snowfall, impacted flight and vehicle arrivals for the investigators.
“The Delta Police Department has agreed to take over the investigation, as per the RCMP’s policy requiring an independent police agency investigate officer-involved shootings, resulting in a death or serious injury,” says Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, spokesperson for the RCMP in BC.
Sgt. Sharlene Brooks from the Delta Police says the Delta detachment is investigating and there is currently a core group of investigators at the scene, with more officers expected to assist.
Brooks could not release information about the deceased’s identity, including name, age, or race; why the Anahim Lake RCMP were originally called to the scene; what led the deceased to be shot and killed; or any other specifics at this time.
“As far as the nature of the complaint and all of those particulars, we are just giving our investigators some time to absorb and process information, gather information, facts, and evidence,” Brooks says.