Brandon police say death of high-ranking Rock Machine member non-criminal
Jean Paul Beaumont (file image)
Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 11:41AM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:12PM CST
After months of investigating, police in Brandon have now concluded that the death of a high-ranking member of the Rock Machine biker gang inside a cell at a Brandon jail was non-criminal.
On Oct. 14, 2012, the Brandon Police Service was called to the Brandon Correctional Centre for a report of a suspicious death.
Brandon police and the RCMP Serious Crimes Unit, with the cooperation of the Centre, began an investigation into this incident and identified the man as 39-year-old Jean Paul Beaumont.
Sources told CTV News Beaumont played a key role in the gang war between Rock Machine and the Hells Angels that stretched through the summer of 2011. He was at one time known as a Hells Angels associate, but when he joined a rival biker gang, Beaumont became a target.
The Brandon Correctional Centre was put into lockdown while officers investigated his death. As of Wednesday, Feb. 6, police said his death was non-criminal but are not releasing any further information due to privacy issues.