Members of the Ontario Provincial Police have arrived at Corner Brook to investigate officers involved in shooting Jorden McKay's death.
CBC News found out McKay, 27, was a person who was shot and killed by a member on duty at Royal Newfoundland Constabulary on Tuesday night.
McKay's friends and family, who have criminal records and have met with the police before, have posted tributes to the young men online.
Social media posts show McKay is the father of two small children.
"He is energetic, spontaneous and has a big heart," said cousin Amy Connolly.
"He is creative and loves music. He enjoys people and talks and is surrounded."
Connolly said McKay was someone who loved his family, and "really tried hard to improve himself but a system designed to help often paralyzed him."
A spokesman for the OPP gave details Thursday, only to say researchers left Ontario to Newfoundland on Wednesday night, and the investigation was in its early stages.
According to RNC Head Joe Boland, two officers on duty arrived at a house at Carriage Lane at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, responding to criminal complaints.
Court documents mention the residence as McKay's house.
McKay has a four-page criminal record, including charges of assault, illegally in residence, and violations. The most serious incident is the belief in attacks with weapons.
He is scheduled to appear in a provincial court at Corner Brook on January 7 on multiple charges.
Court documents show McKay was charged Sunday with attacking a woman and violating court conditions He was also accused in April of attacking the same woman.
On Thursday afternoon, a friend launched a Go Fund Me campaign to help families with funeral fees.
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Boland, who does not answer questions from members of the media, has not revealed his complaints, or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
During the investigation, said Boland, a confrontation began between officers and McKay, and one of the officers pulled his gun.
McKay died an hour later at the hospital.
Both officers involved have been placed on leave and will be assigned to administrative duties when they return to work while the investigation is underway.
Boland stressed at a press conference Wednesday that placing a leave officer did not speak with any possible mistakes.
Alberta's Serious Incident Response Team, meanwhile, will carry out an independent external review of the OPP's investigation, he concluded.
An autopsy is expected to begin at St. John on Thursday.
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