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Canada Family of Peter de Groot still looking for explanation for deadly RCMP shooting, 5 years later

03:10  15 october  2019
03:10  15 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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The family of Peter de Groot , a fugitive shot by police four years ago in the Slocan region of B.C., has From the outset, Peter ’s family has sought an explanation as to why the police were involved with The IIO report suggests that the RCMP involvement with Peter de Groot commenced with an

Peter de Groot was shot and killed by RCMP in October 2014. De Groot also says the police did nothing to ensure that "the actions of officers would not be influenced by emotions of grief and revenge at the loss" of Family of Peter de Groot , shot by police in Slocan, B.C., still looking for answers.

a man smiling for the camera: Peter de Groot, 45, was shot and killed in a standoff with RCMP after a four-day manhunt near Slocan, B.C., in October 2014. His family said they still have a long list of outstanding questions about his death, five years later.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Peter de Groot, 45, was shot and killed in a standoff with RCMP after a four-day manhunt near Slocan, B.C., in October 2014. His family said they still have a long list of outstanding questions about his death, five years later.

Five years after RCMP shot dead her brother at a secluded cabin in southeastern B.C., the list of questions Danna de Groot wants answered about the shooting takes nearly three minutes to read aloud.

There's more than a dozen of them. Some are seemingly straightforward, like wanting to know whether or not Peter de Groot was shot in the back. Others are more complicated.

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Peter de Groot exchanged gunfire with police when RCMP officers responded to reports of a dispute After an exchange of gunfire, De Groot fled. The report says that four days later , two officers were looking Family of Peter de Groot , shot by police in Slocan, B.C., still looking for answers.

Peter de Groot was shot and killed by RCMP near Slocan, B.C., on Oct. 14, 2014. Mounties had been searching for him for four days, after he exchanged gunfire with Mounties and fled into the woods.

The 45-year-old, described by his family as an accomplished PhD candidate who had suffered a disabling brain aneurysm, was ultimately found alone in a cabin.

RCMP said an officer shot and killed Peter de Groot after he pointed a rifle at them.

The province's police watchdog investigated the shooting and cleared that officer of any wrongdoing. A final report, which took nearly four years to compile, said the officer responded to the situation by the book.

Danna de Groot said officers overreacted with a disproportionate amount of deadly force after cornering her brother in the remote cabin. She also said her family still does not understand basic facts of the events that led to the manhunt, and those that unfolded once it came to an end.

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The family of Peter de Groot , who was killed in a police shooting nearly four years ago, is Peter De Groot was living in southeastern B.C. when he was involved in a confrontation with RCMP in October 2014. Family of Peter de Groot , shot by police in Slocan, B.C., still looking for answers.

"It's now five years to the day that our brother was, in our opinion, wrongly killed," Danna de Groot told reporters in a phone call Monday. "There are still many outstanding questions for us that have not been answered in the last five years."

a field of grass with trees in the background: The area where Peter de Groot lived before his death on Oct. 14, 2019.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation The area where Peter de Groot lived before his death on Oct. 14, 2019.

Danna de Groot said the report from the police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., still did not give the family the "evidence-supported" story of what happened to her brother.

She also said it is not clear why RCMP were called to his home in the first place, why he ran into the woods and why RCMP described him in the early hours of the manhunt "as being dangerously ill, rather than a highly educated person who had suffered a brain aneurysm."

"The complete and utter violation of human rights that our brother's death entails has caused great suffering and damage to the people that loved and cared for him," Danna de Groot said, after reading aloud her list of 14 questions for the force.

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Peter de Groot , 45, was killed last week, several days after he disappeared into the bush following a confrontation with the police in the small community of Slocan, in southeastern B.C. When the manhunt began, the RCMP alleged de Groot shot at officers before fleeing into the woods near his property.

The family of Peter de Groot considers the RCMP shooting that ended his life in Slocan, B.C. this month an execution, and they are considering a civil Dispelling what she described as a “ridiculous level of character defamation” against Peter , Danna denied reports that the 45- year -old suffered

The family, she said, also does not understand why an officer who alleged he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was assigned to the search for Peter in 2014.

RCMP Cpl. Brian Burke has said he was previously diagnosed with PTSD before the shooting. Burke is suing the police watchdog over its delayed investigation into Peter de Groot's death, claiming he had a relapse of PTSD related to the "uncertainty" he faced waiting for the investigation to finish.

An RCMP spokesperson said it's unlikely they would be able to respond to Danna de Groot's statement until Tuesday.

A coroner's inquest into the death is set to be scheduled for spring 2020, according to his sister. The de Groot family has been granted participant status for the inquest, which means they may have a lawyer present evidence and question witnesses on its behalf.

The de Groot family filed a civil lawsuit against the RCMP in 2016. That case is on hold until the coroner's inquest is complete.

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