No charges will be laid against a Smithers Mountie for restraining a man who later died.
The B.C. Prosecution Service says 53 year-old Jacobus Jonker was arrested on Feb. 14, 2015, after a young female called police to report her father was drunk, suicidal and holding a knife.
The service says when an officer arrived at the home, Jonker refused to take his hand out of his pocket and told the officer to shoot him, but the Mountie used pepper spray to arrest him instead.
At the detachment, the service says the man grew increasingly aggressive and a one point reached for an officer’s firearm, then lunged at a supervisor, all of which was caught on video.
When officers tried to restrain Jonker around the head, he went limp and stopped breathing, and was rushed to hospital. He died a few days later.
The prosecution service says the evidence available to them doesn’t meet the charge assessment standard
The Canadian Press