An RCMP siege at a home in Chilliwack, British Columbia, has left one man dead, The circumstances are still unclear, with reports shifting as the event unfolded over several hours overnight on the evening of May 23 and morning of may 24, 2020.
It has been reported that RCMP were called regarding a distraught man at a home in the 46000 block of Christina Drive, at around 5:30 PM on May 23. Initial reports said the man fired a shot or shots when police arrived. That has not been confirmed publicly. It has also been reported that more officers, an emergency response team, a crisis negotiator, and a police helicopter were also deployed to the scene. Nearby homes were allegedly evacuated.
The story is even less clear regarding a supposed interaction between the man and police, after about six hours, when police, for some reason fired shots as the man exited the home. He then ran back inside the home.
It is reported that a police robot was used to enter the home and search it, finding the man unresponsive. He died at the scene.
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia is examining the events resulting in the man’s death.