This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada, which closed in 2021.

B.C. police watchdog to report on fatal RCMP shooting in Prince George

SURREY, B.C. - B.C.'s police watchdog will issue a report Wednesday on the first investigation it took on — a fatal police shooting in Prince George last September.

The Independent Investigations Office was called in to examine the death of 40-year-old Gregory Matters, who was shot during a stand-off with the RCMP.

At the time of the shooting, the Mounties said they had been investigating Matters for a serious criminal offence, and had called in their Emergency Response Team.

The report on the shooting will be released by IIO Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal, who will be joined by Richard Evans, Director of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.

Matters' family was given the Memorial Cross award just two weeks ago in recognition of soldiers whose deaths are linked to their military service. Matters was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The IIO doesn't recommend charges in cases it investigates, but gathers evidence and leaves it up to Crown prosecutors to determine if charges should be laid.

Suggest a correction
This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada. Certain site features have been disabled. If you have questions or concerns, please check our FAQ or contact