The shooting of James McIntyre at Site C open house: five years on

Five years ago Peace Valley farmer Terry Hadland,  disrupted a BC Hydro event, flipping tables and tearing up maps at a Site C open house – then still a $8.8 billion  proposal. RCMP officers were dispatched to the meeting, held July 16, 2015 at the Stonebridge Hotel.

RCMP were confronted outside by James McIntyre, wearing a Guy Fawkes-type mask, and also waving a knife.

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Reports note officers deployed pepper spray on McIntyre, and begged him to stop advancing. He did not comply and was shot. An Independent Investigations Office report confirms a RCMP officer shooting and killing McIntyre - but concluded the actions were reasonable.

The office initially believed McIntyre disrupted the Site C open house. But one day later, investigators realized two men were involved.  
"(McIntyre) created a diversion so I could get away," said Hadland later.

"He stepped up and took that shot for me, that's for sure."

Video of the shooting’s aftermath emerged online, showing two officers standing over a masked man outside with guns drawn.

The mask, believed to be the Guy Fawkes mask made popular by the film "V for Vendetta" was adopted by the hacker group Anonymous, creating international coverage on the case. Activists claiming to know McIntyre through an Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account, @jaymack9, vowed revenge after the user went silent the day of the shooting. Several later claimed to have carried out cyber attacks that crashed RCMP, Government of Canada, and other websites.  

McIntyre attended elementary school in Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek's Central Middle School before the family moved to Grande Prairie, where he graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High.

At a news conference the day after the shooting, spokesperson Kellie Kilpatrick said the McIntyre incident was one of the most complex cases the IIO has investigated.

The officer who shot McIntyre was initially assigned administrative duties, but returned to active duty six months later.  RCMP carried out a separate investigation of McIntyre alongside the IIO. By November of 2016 – the IIO investigation was completed.

BC Hydro has changed its security procedures for public events, after postponing open houses following the shooting.

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