Two Kamloops cops hire lawyers in lethal shooting case
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Two Mounties under investigation for shooting a 50-year-old man to death have retained a lawyer and submitted written statements to Calgary Police investigators.
The two undercover cops fired a fatal shot at William Douglas Bartley when he backed up his vehicle and it slammed into the unmarked mini van the cops were in.
Calgary cops were asked to carry out an independent probe to determine the legality of the use of lethal force.
“The team of investigators from the Calgary Police Service has received written statements from the two RCMP officers involved in a fatal shooting in Kamloops, B.C.,” Calgary Police said.
The incident took place at approximately 6:15 p.m., on Friday, July 30, 2010, in the 200-block of Tranquille Road in Kamloops.
“At the request of the RCMP, a team of investigators from the Calgary Police Service arrived in Kamloops on Saturday, July 31, 2010 to lead the investigation into the incident,” Calgary PD said.
“CPS investigators have confirmed that two plainclothes RCMP officers positioned their unmarked minivan behind a Toyota 4Runner that was parked near a convenience store. The 4Runner reversed and rammed the unmarked RCMP vehicle. Two shots were fired through the windshield of the 4Runner and the driver was struck at least once. The 4Runner continued forward and crashed into a business,” CPS said in a statement.
It is believed Bartley died from a bullet to his head.
“Both officers involved in the incident exercised their right to retain legal counsel and submitted written statements to CPS investigators late last week. Investigators are reviewing the statements and will use them to piece together the reason for the RCMP officers’ interaction with BARTLEY and subsequent events,” said the CPS statement.
“Investigators anticipate updates regarding this case will be limited in the coming weeks as they review the statements and await results from evidence sent away for processing.
“Once their report is complete, it will be submitted to BC Justice. As per the BC Coroner’s Act, a copy of the report will also be forwarded to BC Coroner’s Service for their review and action,” cops said.