IIO Deploys to Fatal Incident near Revelstoke (IIO 2016-000202)

Posted October 12, 2016

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey – The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. has deployed investigators to a fatal incident near Revelstoke.

At around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, RCMP report that officers conducted a vehicle stop on Highway 1, west of Golden. During the vehicle stop a police officer sustained gunshot wounds. Police report that a male drove away. A further interaction later occurred between police and the male in the vicinity of Revelstoke, where he fled from police.

This morning, a male suspected to be involved in the above incidents was found deceased.

The initial focus of the IIO investigation is to determine if there is a connection between the male’s death and actions of police.

The IIO will not be providing any information about the deceased; confirmation of the identity and the cause of death is the responsibility of the B.C. Coroners Service.

Any potential witnesses to these incidents are asked to call the IIO at 1-855-446-8477.

 

Background

  • The IIO is an independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer related incidents that result in serious harm or death.
  • In the initial stages of an investigation, the IIO must determine if there is a connection between the serious harm or death and the actions or inactions of police. If there is a connection then the IIO will continue to investigate.
  • If there is no connection between police action or inaction and the serious harm or death then the IIO will release jurisdiction.
  • When the IIO proceeds with an investigation, these investigations end in one of two ways:
    • If the Chief Civilian Director (CCD) of the IIO concludes that an officer may have committed any offence then the CCD will refer this case to Crown counsel for consideration of charges. The IIO does not lay charges.
    • If the CCD concludes that no officer may have committed any offence then a public report will be released on the IIO’s website at www.iiobc.ca. These public reports give an in-depth look at the case and explain the CCD’s rationale for not referring the case to Crown counsel.

Marten Youssef
Acting Director, Public Engagement & Policy
Marten.Youssef@iiobc.ca

Aidan Buckley
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Liaison
Aidan.Buckley@iiobc.ca