Video: Revelstoke RCMP defer questions on Thunderblanket manhunt to Independent Investigations Office

Revelstoke RCMP say they can't respond to questions about the investigation into the death of Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket because the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is leading the investigation. The Saskatchewan man was wanted in the shooting of an RCMP officer in Golden, and for a murder in Saskatchewan, and died after an 'interaction' with Revelstoke RCMP.

Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky of the Revelstoke RCMP Detachment gives a statement to media on Oct. 12. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky issued a statement to media gathered at the Revelstoke RCMP detachment on the evening of Oct. 12. The detachment commander deferred many questions, saying it would be inappropriate to answer them now that the investigation is being led by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C.

The press conference was held after RCMP announced that Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket, who was wanted in connection to a police shooting in Golden yesterday, and a murder in Saskatchewan, was found dead in Revelstoke following an ‘interaction’ with police.

Click below to watch the press conference here:

Grabinsky said a long communication gap between the last RCMP update on Tuesday evening until police released an update late Wednesday afternoon was for several reasons.

“We delayed on confirming this information in order to ensure the next of kin notifications could be completed, as well as notifications to all the partner agencies who have a connection or interest in this case,” Grabinsky said.

“Our community was not at risk, as the number of police officers out there were highly effective in keeping the community safe, but we did control [Johnson Heights] to neighbours who reside in that community,” he said.

Grabinsky deferred many of the media questions to the Independent Investigations Office of B.C.

Grabinsky said the “the hours were long” but morale was good in the detachment.

The Southeast District Major Crimes Unit is also involved in the investigation, starting with the shooting incident near Golden.