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Canada Fraser Valley homeless advocate Barry Shantz dead after police shooting

00:45  25 january  2020
00:45  25 january  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

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A Lytton man who died after being shot by police on Jan. 13 has been identified by friends as Barry Shantz , an outspoken advocate for Fraser Valley drug users and the homeless . One of the founders of the B.C.-Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors

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A Lytton man who died after being shot by police on Jan. 13 has been identified by friends as Barry Shantz, an outspoken advocate for Fraser Valley drug users and the homeless.

One of the founders of the B.C.-Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, Shantz was shot by a police officer following a six-hour standoff outside his home in Lytton. The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C.

Those who knew Shantz reacted with shock and anger on Thursday as word of his death spread.

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Shantz was shot after a six-hour standoff with RCMP in Lytton on Jan. 13 after a six-hour standoff that began after police received a call of a distressed man with a weapon. Ward Draper, who works with the homeless through his Five and Two Ministries, says fighting alongside the marginalized took

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“I have so many questions,” said Ward Draper, a pastor with the 5 and 2 Ministries in Abbotsford. “Barry was well known and his mental health issues were well known. What resources did police deploy to help him?”

IIO chief civilian director Ron MacDonald said he couldn’t release the name of the dead man or comment on his mental status and how it was dealt with by the responding officers.

He said Lytton RCMP received a call about a man “in distress with a weapon” just before 8 a.m. An emergency response team was called after the responding officers reported shots fired.

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Kamloops This Week reported Shantz’s wife originally called police to say he was “playing with a gun” and might be suicidal. She and her 19-year-old daughter were able to leave the house.

The article quoted a police affidavit filed in Kamloops provincial court, which said that at about noon, Schantz called 911 and told the operator he planned to walk outside “and requested police shoot him six times into his body.” He also said he was going to “walk towards the police officers with his shotgun.”

The court documents said Shantz came out of his home holding a 12-gauge shotgun at 2:05 p.m. He was shot while standing on his patio.

“I don’t think he meant it,” said Draper. “He said similar things over the years. It was his way of drawing attention to the issues he’s so passionate about.”

a close up of a man: Barry Shantz in a 2013 file photo. Shantz died Jan. 13, 2020 after being shot by police. © Ward Perrin Barry Shantz in a 2013 file photo. Shantz died Jan. 13, 2020 after being shot by police.

Next-door neighbour Jean McIntyre said she heard the gunshot that struck Shantz.

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“We knew he’d be shot,” she said, explaining that her son spoke to an RCMP officer during the standoff and asked him not to kill their neighbour. “I’m still upset about it. Why did they have to shoot to kill him?”

McIntyre said Shantz sometimes had tea with her and walked her dog.

“Everyone in Lytton knows him and wants to know what happened,” she said.

MacDonald said his team is in the analysis stage of their investigation and will release a public report about the death. They must also determine whether or not to forward charges to Crown counsel.

Abbotsford defence lawyer John Conroy said investigators must establish what Shantz did as he came out of the house with the gun. Conroy represented Shantz when he was jailed in the U.S. for drug-related charges, and later hired him to help at his law firm.

“This sounds like a mental-health issue, and that part doesn’t surprise me,” said Conroy, adding he believes Shantz suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after spending 15 years in a U.S. prison.

a man holding a pair of people posing for the camera:  Doug Smith, Barry Shantz and Pastor Jesse Wegenast listen as Nick Zurowski reads an email between Abbotsford city staff about dumping manure on a homeless tent camp in this file photo from 2013. © Ward Perrin Doug Smith, Barry Shantz and Pastor Jesse Wegenast listen as Nick Zurowski reads an email between Abbotsford city staff about dumping manure on a homeless tent camp in this file photo from 2013.

After his deportation, Shantz became a grassroots organizer and advocate for drug users and the homeless, particularly in the Fraser Valley.

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In 2014, he helped persuade Abbotsford council to repeal a city bylaw that prevented needle distribution and other harm reduction services.

He also challenged an Abbotsford bylaw that prevented homeless people from sleeping in parks. The B.C. Supreme Court ruling gave people the right to sleep overnight in city parks if no shelter beds were available in the community. The legal challenge led other B.C. municipalities to amend their bylaws as well.

a man standing next to a brick wall:  Barry Shantz searches the streets of Abbotsford on May 27, 2010 to hand out needles to drug addicts. He is fighting Abbotsford city council to get a needle exchange to save lives and improve the health condition of needle users. © Les Bazso Barry Shantz searches the streets of Abbotsford on May 27, 2010 to hand out needles to drug addicts. He is fighting Abbotsford city council to get a needle exchange to save lives and improve the health condition of needle users.

Aiyanas Ormond, community organizer with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, said Shantz did the same grassroots organizing in the Fraser Valley that Ann Livingston originally did in Vancouver.

“I last saw him a year ago,” he said. “He invited me up to Lytton … He was telling me about a deer that walked through his backyard. He seemed more relaxed than he’d been in a long time.”

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