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Suspect in Tsay Keh Dene shooting that left two people dead charged with second-degree murder

Victims were found dead in residence in remote community, 360 km north of Prince George
Prince George North District RCMP were called to investigate a shooting Tuesday night that left two people dead in Tsay Keh Dene, 360 km north of the city.

RCMP have charged a man with two counts of second-degree murder after a shooting left two people dead at a residence in Tsay Keh Dene Tuesday night.

Orlan Marcel Dennis faces the charges and is in police custody after he was shot by police while attempting to flee the murder scene in the remote First Nations community about 360 kilometres north of Prince George.

Police were called to residence after a report of shots fired in the home with injuries to multiple people. Officers arrived at about 10:30 p.m. and located a man with a firearm who ran into a nearby home.

The investigating officers contained the area and called for backup from the RCMP North District’s crisis negotiating, emergency responses and critical incident teams.

At about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday negotiations were initiated. After several hours, at about 5:40 a.m. the ERT team deployed a chemical irritant into the residence and the armed suspect, Dennis, reportedly exited the second residence and was hit by the officers’ extended range munition and their firearms.

Dennis was given first aid at the scene and transported to hospital in Prince George with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Sgt. Kris Clark, senior media relations officer for the BC RCMP, the North District’s Major Crime Unit is conducting the investigation into the deaths of the two murder victims, while the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the actions of police in the incident.

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