PINCHER CREEK: Almost 12-years after 26-year old Darren Varley was shot to death in an RCMP holding cell in Pincher Creek, the fatality inquiry has been released.
October 3rd of 1999, Constable Mike Ferguson shot Varley during a scuffle in the holding cell, maintaining he acted in self-defence. Ferguson faced three trials for second-degree murder, with the first two ending with hung juries, and the third with a manslaughter conviction.
With the fatality inquiry comes a list of recommendations, which includes using lock boxes for weapons and cameras in prisoner areas. It also suggests that complaint investigations against RCMP officers need to be improved.
Sergeant Tim Taniguchi with the RCMP "K" Division noted that a number of the measures recommended, have already gone into effect for RCMP detachments across Alberta and the country.
He added that while they can never change what happened that night in 1999, they can take steps to try and prevent similar incidents in the future.
You can read the full report at http://justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/fatality/Documents/fatality-report-Varley.pdf