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James Daniel McIntyre ID'ed as man shot by RCMP in Dawson Creek

07/20/2015 01:23 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 05:59 EDT
The B.C. Coroners Service has identified 48-year-old James Daniel McIntyre as the man who was shot and killed by RCMP last week in northeastern B.C. 

According to the coroner, he was a resident of Dawson Creek and his family has been notified.

McIntyre is believed to have been an employee of Le's Family Restaurant in Dawson Creek.

A woman who answered the phone at the restaurant confirmed that McIntyre had worked there for just under four years and as far she knows, no one had a problem with him. She says all the staff were surprised by the shooting.

The Independent Investigations Office, the province's police watchdog, is handling the investigation into the shooting, which took place on Thursday evening.

According to witness Mike Irmen, the suspect was wearing a mask and refused to throw away his knife even as he lay bleeding. Police eventually kicked away his weapon and administered first aid but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Activist group Anonymous claimed the man shot was a comrade and vowing to avenge his death. The group asked its 1.5 million followers to protest at RCMP headquarters in every province.

Police haven't confirmed if the victim has a connection to Anonymous.

Some RCMP websites appeared to go offline on Sunday but it's unclear if the online activist group Anonymous had anything to do with it.

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