British Columbia

Police shot Granisle mother and son, investigators confirm

A mother and son who died during a police standoff in northern B.C. were fatally shot by RCMP officers, B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office has confirmed.

Shirley Williams, 77 and Jovan Williams, 39, were shot by police during a confrontation last month

It could take 18 months to find out why Shirley and Jovan Williams were shot dead during an RCMP standoff at their home in Granisle, B.C. (Family photo )

A mother and son who died during a police standoff in northern B.C. were fatally shot by RCMP officers, B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office has confirmed.

The shooting happened after police were first called to the home of Shirley Williams, 77, and Jovan Williams, 39, on April 21 to investigate a complaint of an alleged assault involving a neighbour.

At the time police would only confirm the pair exited the house one at the time and died in separate confrontations with police involving gun fire.

On Friday IIO investigators confirmed the fatal shots were fired by police officers.

Few other details have been released, including what led to the shooting, but the IIO has confirmed both police and non-police weapons were involved.

The IIO says it could take up to 18 months for the investigation to be completed.
 

With files from Andrew Kurjata