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Ontario resident Zachary Gaudette, 30, died after a police-described 'altercation' around 9 a.m. Feb 17. Few details have been released but an RCMP media release sent the day after the incident says Gaudette was unconscious when police arrived and he was taken to Kelowna General Hospital in serious condition.
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February 23, 2016 - 2:46 PM

'ONE PUNCH LATER HE ENDED UP ON LIFE SUPPORT'

KELOWNA - RCMP have released the name of the man who died after an 'altercation' outside a Kelowna restaurant last week.

Ontario resident Zachary Gaudette, 30, died after what police have so far only described as an 'altercation' at roughly 9 p.m. Feb 17. Few details have been released but an RCMP media release sent the day after the incident says Gaudette was unconscious when police arrived and he was taken to Kelowna General Hospital in serious condition.

On Feb. 19, RCMP sent another release saying Gaudette died as a result of his injuries. They haven't called it a homicide and have refused any further attempts to understand what happened.

"We will not be releasing further details at this time, such as describing the details of the alleged altercation itself. We are doing so to ensure the integrity of this investigation which is dynamic in nature," said spokesperson Const. Jesse O'Donaghey.

But a family member said on Facebook he was involved in a fight.

"One punch later and he was on life support," she said.

Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the Kelowna RCMP tip line at 250-470-6236, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leave a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

— This story was modified at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 23 to remove inappropriate information.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

 

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