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B.C.'s police watchdog investigating RCMP actions in Kelowna homicide case

June 24, 2021 - 11:45 AM

B.C.'s police watchdog is investigating the actions of Kelowna RCMP in connection to a homicide investigation.

Kelowna RCMP responded to two separate calls on May 29 at a home on the 3400-block of Sexsmith Road, where a man was found dead the next day, according to a news release from the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. issued today, June 24.

Officers, including members of the Police and Crisis Team, arrived at the house for a wellness check on Lorence Williams.

Williams left the house after police arrived the second time, IIO said.

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Thomas Chadwick, who also lived at the Rutland home, was found dead on May 30, around 10:15 p.m., and Williams has since been charged with second degree murder in relation to Chadwick's death.

Kelowna RCMP notified the IIO of the incident on May 31, the same day Williams was arrested.

The civilian-led police watchdog will investigate to determine if RCMP actions or inactions played a role in the alleged homicide.

Williams has since been charged and remains in police custody.

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