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RCMP cleared in Courtenay shooting incident

Man died after shooting himself following a police call earlier this month at a Cliffe Avenue hotel

An independent investigation has cleared RCMP officers in the death of a man in Courtenay earlier this month.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has concluded its probe into an incident that occurred on June 9. At approximately 10:50 p.m., officers responded to a call from a person concerned about the health and safety of a man who reportedly had a firearm in a hotel room located in the 1100 block of Cliffe Avenue.

The man initially communicated with police but then discontinued communications and re-entered the hotel room. He returned to the doorway of the room with a firearm. Despite officer attempts to re-initiate communication, the man shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence and determined that the independent evidence, including civilian witness and video sources, makes it clear that police actions did not cause the death of the man. As a result, the investigation has been concluded.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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