The man shot dead by police in Oakville, Ont., this weekend has the same name as a man who was brought up during the murder trial of Robert Pickton.
Steve Remian, 38, was killed Saturday around 2:30 a.m. after a standoff with three officers in a wooded area, police said. The Special Investigations Unit, the provincial agency probing the death, said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Mr. Remian was driving a car with British Columbia licence plates when he was pursued by officers after reports indicated that an armed man was spotted at a coffee shop acting erratically. The SIU said a rifle was recovered from the scene.
The name Steve Remian came up in March at the Port Coquitlam, B.C., pig farmer's trial when Mr. Remian's hair was found on a blanket with bloodstains of Mona Wilson, one of the women Mr. Pickton is charged with killing. A suitcase found in a workshop was also linked to Mr. Remian.
The partial remains of Sereena Abotsway and Andrea Joesbury were found in a freezer in the workshop.
The police have not confirmed that the man shot in Oakville is the same man.
The RCMP would not comment last night, but said it would issue a statement today.
With a report from The Canadian Press