The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man and woman who died following an interaction with the RCMP at Granisle on April 21, 2016.
They were: Jovan (Joe) Williams, aged 39, and his mother, Shirley Beatrice Williams, aged 73, both of Granisle.
RCMP were called to a home in the small community of Granisle in the early afternoon of April 21, 2016. At about 2:50 p.m., shots were fired. Paramedics attended, but both persons were deceased at the scene.
The BC Coroners Service and the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) continue to investigate this death.
The mandate of the IIO is to investigate whether any offences may have been committed by the police officers involved. The mandate of the BC Coroners Service in such cases is broader and the coroner’s investigation may look at the events which led up to the final fatal outcome and whether there are reasonable and practical recommendations that could be made which might prevent future deaths in similar circumstances.