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Prince George man killed in RCMP standoff identified

RCMP cordon off a crime scene using police tape.

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The man shot and killed during a confrontation with RCMP in Prince George, B.C., has been identified.

The BC Coroners Service says 40-year-old Gregory Matters of Prince George was killed in a standoff with RCMP on Monday.

The coroners' office says Mr. Matters was the subject of a police investigation, and on Monday the RCMP called in its Emergency Response Team during an interaction with Mr. Matters.

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The investigation into the death will be the first for the new Independent Investigations Office, which probes serious complaints against police in the province.

The office sent a team of 10 investigators to the shooting site hours after learning of the death.

After the shooting, Prince George RCMP issued a news release saying that they had been investigating the man for a "serious criminal offence" in a rural area southeast of the city.

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