SURREY, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia has sent two reports to the Crown for consideration of charges about separate and unrelated deaths involving RCMP officers.
The office says one case involves the Jan. 29, 2015, shooting of 39-year-old Waylon Edey, who lived in Yahk.
He died during a traffic stop at the Kinnaird Bridge in Castlegar.
The other case involves the death of 53-year-old Jacobus Jonker, who died six days after an incident while he was in custody in Smithers on Feb. 15, 2015.
He had been arrested at his home in Smithers a day earlier, but the Independent Investigations Office says he became unco-operative while in custody and lost consciousness during a struggle with officers.
He died in a Victoria hospital on Feb. 21, 2015.
The consideration of charges is a step taken by the Crown when the office's civilian director considers an offence may have been committed under the Police Act or any other legislation.
The Independent Investigations Office reviews all cases of death or serious injury involving police forces in British Columbia and can forward its findings to the Crown, which then determines if charges should be approved.