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Man dead following shooting outside Site C open house

UPDATED STORY: Victim in police shooting not the same as man disturbing the peace at Site C open house - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A man is dead following a police involved s
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There was a heavy police presence outside the Fixx Urban grill in Dawson Creek. RCMP confirmed they were involved in a shooting with a single individual.

UPDATED STORY: Victim in police shooting not the same as man disturbing the peace at Site C open house

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A man is dead following a police involved shooting outside of a Site C open house event in Dawson Creek tonight.

The Indendepent Investigations Office confirmed the death to the Alaska Highway News.

Dawson Creek RCMP have cordoned off a section outside the the Fixx Urban Grill restaurant at the Stonebridge Hotel on Highway 2 near the outskirts of the city.

The restaurant was host to a BC Hydro open house tonight on the construction of Hydro's controversial $8.8-billion Site C dam project for the Peace River. 

Details about the shooting remain scarce at this time.

Curtis Pratt was attending the open house and said he saw a man flipping tables at the open house around 6:30 p.m. Pratt says the man was escorted outside. Pratt said he later saw a body outside the restaurant. 

Police have not confirmed Pratt's account of events. The IIO says a team is en route to the city, while RCMP contain the scene. The IIO is called in to investigate all fatal police involved shootings.

Shortly before 9 p.m., at least four police cruisers and an ambulance remained on scene. Blood could be seen on the pavement outside the restaurant. Kitchen staff were outside at the back of the restaurant.

Alaska Highway News will update this story as more information becomes available.

 

(Ed. note: this story has been updated to reflect the fact the shooting occured outside the restaurant and open house.