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RCMP shoot and kill man in Mackenzie, B.C. during response to fraud call

Bank reported the man was trying to cash a fake cheque
Mackenzie RCMP shot and killed a man outside a town bank on Saturday (June 1) after a struggle broke out and the man pulled out a weapon. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating after RCMP shot and killed a man in a small B.C. community on Saturday (June 1).

B.C. RCMP say officers were called to a bank in Mackenzie, a municipality of about 3,700 people located north of Prince George, after a man attempted to cash a fraudulent cheque.

Officers arrived around 2 p.m. and arrested the man. While they were bringing him outside of the business, however, RCMP say a struggle began and the man pulled out a weapon.

One of the officers fired his gun at the man and struck him. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating what role police actions played in the man’s death.

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed details of the incident to the IIO, instead of the RCMP. It has since been corrected.