Three patients remain in hospital after violent attack near Lillooet

Investigators enter the Bridge River Indian Band office where one man died and nine others were injured following an attack, near Lillooet, B.C., on Wednesday October 14, 2015. A man suspected in a violent assault is dead and 10 others are hurt after an attack that reportedly involved a hammer.
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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Three of the original 11 people who were admitted to Interior Health hospitals after an attack at the Bridge River Indian Band office near Lillooet remain under medical care.

“One patient is in serious but stable condition and two are stable and beginning their recovery,” Tracy Watson of Interior Health says.

The patients were split between Kelowna General Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

RCMP officers were called to the Bridge River Indian Band office after hearing reports that a man attacked several employees with a hammer After arriving on scene, the suspect, later named as David Allan Patrick James, was restrained. When police tried to arrest him he became unconscious and unresponsive and died at the scene.

Xwisten Chief Susan James said James (no relation) was seeking assistance from the band to find a job and pay his bills.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. reviewed the incident, as it does whenever a person is injured or dies in conflict with police. The office released the file back to Lillooet RCMP and the B.C. Coroner’s Office yesterday, Oct. 20, because police had no involvement in the death.

The case is still under investigation.

-With files from Canadian Press

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