Police shooting victim identified as James McIntyre

Victim was an employee at another Dawson Creek restaurant

The B.C. Coroner's Service has identified the man killed by police outside a Dawson Creek restaurant Thursday evening as James Daniel McIntyre, 48.

Officials say the man was a resident of Dawson Creek, and family members are asking for privacy.

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McIntyre was shot dead after allegedly confronting police outside a Dawson Creek restaurant at around 6:30 July 16. Investigators say the man was wearing a mask and refused to drop a knife. 

Little is known about the man, but details are emerging, including that McIntyre worked as a dishwasher and cook's assistant at Le's Family Restaurant on 8th Street.

Despite having worked there for almost four years, owner Le Nguyen said he knew little about McIntyre, saying he seemed like a "normal guy."

"He was a hard worker," he told Alaska Highway News at the restaurant Sunday, saying he "didn't know anything about him as a person."

On Friday, Nguyen's son, who manages the restaurant, phoned McIntyre's mother to find out why he was not at work.

Nguyen was "shocked" to discover that the victim was one of his employees. He said that the grey sweatshirt and jeans worn by the man in videos taken after the shooting appeared to be similar to clothing McIntyre wore.

"I thought maybe it was him," he said of the videos. "Somebody saw a video that looked like him, dressed like that."

When contacted by Alaska Highway News, a woman believed to be a relative said "we don't have any comment at this time, please respect our privacy," before hanging up.    

Saturday afternoon, an apartment listed for the family member was raided by Dawson Creek RCMP. However, police say that raid was connected with the disruption at a Site C event and not the shooting itself.

Since the shooting, Twitter users associated with the hacker group Anonymous have claimed the victim was an associate. Two witnesses at the scene said the man appeared to be wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, which is associated with the group.

Sunday morning, Anonymous "members" promising to reveal personal information about the officers involved claimed responsibility for cyber attacks that temporarily disabled some RCMP websites. Most of the websites were back up by Sunday afternoon.

McIntyre was shot outside Fixx Urban Grill, which was hosting an open house on the Site C dam Thursday night. The controversial $8.8 billion dam on the Peace River has the go-ahead to begin construction from the province.

Investigators originally said the victim was "believed to be connected" to a man who knocked over tables and display boards at the event. However, 24-hours later, the Independent Investigations Office revealed that man had never come into contact with police and was alive and well. Spokesperson Kellie Kilpatrick attributed the mixup to the large number of "moving parts" involved in the investigation.

It is unknown whether McIntyre is associated with the Twitter user jay mack, who at 2:23 p.m. July 16 posted "Anonymous splinter group 2 attend the scheduled meeting in Dawson Creek tonight starting at 6 pm." The user, who regularly posted links to stories about Anonymous and issues related to oil and gas, has not been active since.

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