Longtime homeless advocate identified in fatal Lytton police-involved shooting

Friends have identified the man killed in a police-involved shooting in Lytton last week as longtime homeless advocate Barry Shantz.

Shantz was killed following a six-hour standoff with police at his home in the 1000-block of Mcintyre Road on Jan. 13. The Independent Investigations Office is investigating the incident.

Ward Draper, a long-time friend of Shantz’ and executive director of the 5 and 2 Ministries, said the fatal shooting was extremely upsetting.

He said Shantz struggled with mental health issues, and was also well-known to the RCMP.

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