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Update: Death of Dean Pratico deemed not criminal, RCMP say
No charges are being laid in connection with last weekend's death of Dean Pratico, RCMP said on Tuesday.
Pratico was injured following an altercation on Friday, Apr. 25, shortly after 11 a.m. According to reports, he confronted a 34-year-old man who was speeding through a school zone.
There was an altercation between the two men, which resulted in Pratico smashing his head on the ground. He was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, where he died of his injuries late the following day.
Following the incident, the RCMP put out a call for witnesses. After more than a week of investigation, they issued a news release on May 6 saying Pratico's death was determined to be "not criminal in nature."
"The investigation into Pratico's death revealed that the incident was not instigated by the 34-year-old Revelstoke man involved in the interaction, and he has since been cleared of all wrong-doing," wrote Clark. "This was a tragic incident suffered by both men and has profoundly affected their families. Unfortunately, those involved continue to be further victimized through inappropriate phone calls and postings on social media networks."
Clark would not provide any further details on what happened between the two men, saying it was out of the interest of protecting innocent parties.
"I would love to be able to quash all the rumours," he told the Times Review. "The simple fact is we need to protect citizens that may be subject to the investigation and no charges are laid. There's more to consider here than the rumour mill."
The RCMP is thanking members of the public who helped with the investigation.