Family demands 911 audio

  • Feb. 9, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Mark and Rosemarie Surakka want RCMP to release the audio recording of a 911 call made by a neighbour in 2008 when their daughter Lisa Dudley and her boyfriend Guthrie McKay were shot in their home on Greenwood Drive.

The Surakas already have a transcript of the call and the BC Civil Liberties Association is backing their request for the audio.

“We cannot conceive of a situation where a transcript could be released and not unduly impact law enforcement, but an audio recording of the same conversation could not be,” said BCCLA president Robert Holmes.

“The concern and speculation about the motives of the RCMP in selectively disclosing this information serves neither the RCMP nor the public.”

The 911 caller reported hearing six shots fired in the area. Police attended, but cleared the scene after allegedly just sitting in their car for six minutes.

Dudley and McKay were found four days later in the home. McKay had already died as a result of his injuries and Dudley succumbed to her wounds as she was being transported to hospital.

The BCCLA has written a letter to the federal Office of the Information Commissioner to support the Surakkas’ complaint, and copied that letter to the head of the RCMP for western Canada, Gary Bass.