BC Coroners Service identifies shooting victim

Yahk resident Waylon Edey, 39, has been confirmed as the deceased male involved in the recent police shooting near Castlegar.

The man killed in a Castlegar police shooting on January 29 has been identified as 39-year-old Yahk resident Waylon Jesse Edey.

“Mr. Edey was shot following an encounter with RCMP officers which occurred during the evening of January 29 near the east end of the Kinnaird Bridge,” reads a press release released by coroner Barb McLintock.

“He was transported to Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, but succumbed to his injuries a short time after his arrival at hospital.”

The BC Coroners Service and the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) will continue to investigate the death.

The mandate of the IIO is to investigate whether any offences under the criminal code may have been committed by the police officers involved.

The mandate of the BC Coroners Service in such cases is broader, and the investigation may look at the events that led to the fatal outcome to ascertain whether there might be reasonable and practical recommendations that could prevent futures deaths in similar circumstances.