The RCMP has confirmed that a man wanted by police in southern British Columbia is dead and is no longer a danger to the community.
Forty-five year-old Peter DeGroot was found Monday afternoon near the small village of Slocan. DeGroot had been the subject of a manhunt since Thursday, October 9th following an alleged exchange of gunfire with police.
According to Southeast District Commander Chief Superintendent Frank Smart, DeGroot was found by two members of the Emergency Response Team around 1:20 p.m. near a gravel pit while conducting a search of a cabin.
“Upon entering the cabin there was an interaction between the subject of the ongoing search and two ERT members. We can confirm the suspect is now deceased. No police officers nor members of the public were injured.” The details surrounding what exactly happened have not been released and IIO BC Independent Investigations Office has taken over the case.
“It was a serious incident,” adds Smart, “and we are providing ongoing support to the families of the deceased as well as the police officers involved.”
The manhunt started on Thursday after police were called to a residence in the community following a dispute between two people. According to RCMP, shots were fired by a suspect with a rifle, there was an exchange of gunfire and the suspect fled into the woods.
Peter, come in, so we can talk. #Slocan— Southeast RCMP (@SoutheastRCMP) October 13, 2014
Residents in the community were asked to stay indoors while police launched a search for DeGroot. Officers even issued a press release over the long weekend and appealed to DeGroot via Twitter that he contact police.