It’s likely to be months before we know what happened when members of an RCMP emergency response team (ERT) confronted Peter de Groot in a remote cabin near Slocan, B.C., and shot him dead on Thanksgiving Day.
A lawyer acting for de Groot’s family said there are striking parallels between his death and that of another mentally troubled man in northern B.C. two years ago, when the Mounties were accused of overreacting.
But a psychologist experienced in assessing violent threats said Monday-morning quarterbacks often underestimate the danger police face when confronting armed suspects, especially if they’re mentally unstable.
What we do know is de Groot died in that encounter, four days after fleeing into the bush following an earlier encounter with local Mounties investigating a low-level assault allegation.
De Groot’s family says the RCMP overreacted, did not take health problems, including the residual effects of a brain aneurysm, into account and rebuffed the family’s offer to helpRead More »from Police may have overreacted with de Groot shooting, but dangers faced undervalued