B.C.'s police watchdog has cleared officers of any wrong-doing in a murder-suicide in Peachland this past summer.
At about 4:30 p.m. on June 27, 2022, police received a call that a person had been shot inside a home on Garraway Place and a second person was planning on hurting themselves.
A large number of officers responded to the home, including the RCMP Emergency Response Team, and set up around the residence. Officers tried to contact those inside, but were unsuccessful.
ERT officers entered the home at about 6:20 p.m. and found the two people inside had died. Police determined one of these people had died from self-inflicted injuries with a nearby weapon, but the type of weapon used was not disclosed.
Police said the two people who died were known to each other, but no further details were provided.
In a brief notice posted Wednesday, the Independent Investigations Office cleared the responding officers of any wrongdoing.
“The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence – including medical and forensic evidence – and determined that police are not responsible for the deaths,” the IIO said in a statement.
The IIO investigates any police-involved incident in B.C. that results in serious injury or death.
A resident on Garraway Place told Castanet in June the resident of the home in question was a “very quiet person” who kept to himself.”
The incident left those in the quiet neighbourhood shaken.
“It’s just too close to home. This is a quiet little place we have here … Everybody is a little nervous and afraid of what could happen next,” said resident Cyndy Bruyere.
“We’re a very quiet and close neighbourhood. Everyone is on edge.”