IIO Issues Update on Granisle Shooting
Surrey, B.C.- The Independent Investigations Office, which probes police incidents in which people have suffered harm, has released an update on its ongoing investigation into the incident April 21st in Granisle which ended with two people dead.
The IIO has confirmed police were responding to a complaint of an assault involving neighbours on April 21, 2016. Police attended the residence of 39 year old Jovan Williams and his 73 year old mother Shirley Beatrice Williams.
Jovan Williams interacted with police and was subsequently shot. Shortly after, Shirley Williams exited the house, interacted with police and was subsequently shot.
Police and non-police issued weapons were seized during the initial stages of the IIO investigation. The presence of weapons and their use is being examined as a part of the IIO investigation.
Seven IIO investigators and one Affected Persons Liaison (providing services to the family) were sent to Granisle for the investigation.
Investigators have interviewed witnesses, designated subject and witness officers and collected evidence from the scene. If the investigation necessitates, IIO investigators will return to Granisle.
At the invitation of the Mayor of Granisle, IIO staff participated in a town hall, attended by roughly 100 members of the community, to provide information on the investigation process.
No further information or updates will be provided at this time.