A report from a civilian watchdog agency has been forwarded to Crown Counsel in relation to an RCMP officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop in Castlgar last year.
On Jan. 29, 2015, Waylon Jesse Edey died after being shot by an RCMP service pistol during a traffic stop on the Kinnaird Bridge. Police were responding to a complaint from earlier in the evening and initiated the traffic stop on the suspicion of impaired driving.
He was transported to Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving.
The BC Coroners Service released his identity following notification of next of kin a few days later.
The report, from the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIOBC), was forwarded to the Criminal Justice Branch (CJB) on Wednesday, which has the authority to approve charges if there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence and if a prosecution is in the public interest.
In approving charges, the CJB must be satisfied not only that a criminal offence may have been committed, but that it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court.