IIO to File Report to Crown Counsel (IIO 2015-000107)

Posted October 21, 2016

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey – The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. will file a report to Crown Counsel in relation to a fatal shooting involving the Surrey RCMP.

The file relates to a male who was fatally shot outside the District 5 RCMP detachment in the 1800 block of 152nd street in South Surrey on July 18, 2015. Officers were responding to a male in distress and went outside the detachment where the male was confronted by police. The male was subsequently shot and did not survive his injuries.

The Chief Civilian Director of the IIO has completed his review of the investigative file and, pursuant to Section 38.11 of The Police Act, will forward a report to Crown for consideration of charges. This is required when the Chief Civilian Director considers that an officer may have committed an offence under any enactment.

The threshold for referral to Crown is lower for the IIO than for other law enforcement agencies in the province.

The IIO does not make a recommendation on whether charges should be approved. Under the Crown Counsel Act, the Criminal Justice Branch has jurisdiction over the charge assessment and charge approval process.

In approving charges, the Criminal Justice Branch must be satisfied not only that an offence may have been committed, but that the commission of an offence can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal Justice Branch policy provides that in making this assessment Crown counsel will apply a two-part test:

  • There must be a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the investigating agency.
  • A prosecution must be required in the public interest.

Under these circumstances, no public report will be issued by the IIO and no further information will be provided.

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

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