B.C. police warn of safety risk after male arrested for manslaughter, then released

SICAMOUS, B.C. — Police in Sicamous, B.C., are warning of a "potential public safety risk" after a male was arrested then released with conditions over the death of a woman at a mobile home park.

RCMP say 66-year-old Jo Ann Jackson was treated by paramedics at the driveway of a home in the park on Wednesday but died at the scene.

Officers say the male was located in the area and arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and taken to the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment, before being released on Thursday with a series of protective conditions.

They include not returning to the property at Hillier Road in Sicamous, about 500 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.

Police say Jackson’s death "is believed to be an isolated incident" but investigators with the Southeast District Major Crime Unit believe there could be a public safety risk.

They say in a news release that police are "implementing additional measures" to mitigate public safety concerns.

Investigators are seeking dash camera or other video taken between 1 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday from within the area of Hillier Road to the Trans Canada Highway in Sicamous.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2024.

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