Outside police agency called to probe Princeton shooting

Delta police called to investigate apparent suicide that happened in presence of Mounties.

Delta police have been called in to investigate an apparent suicide Thursday afternoon in Princeton that took place in the presence of RCMP officers.

As two Mounties approached a vehicle that had fled from them minutes earlier, a gunshot was heard and the man in the vehicle was later found deceased.

“There is no indication the RCMP fired their weapons,” the Mounties said in a press release.

The case was turned over to the Delta Police Department “in keeping with the RCMP’s commitment to independent external review of cases involving serious injury or death.” The B.C. Coroners Service is also investigating.

RCMP said that shortly before the incident, the man had been pulled over for speeding about 16 kilometres east of Princeton on Highway 3, but he drove off as the officer approached. Officers eventually caught up with the driver when his vehicle was spotted behind a Princeton hotel, where the shooting took place.

The dead man’s name has not been released.