IIO Deploys to Officer-Involved Shooting in Surrey (IIO 2017-000003)

Posted January 5, 2017

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has deployed investigators to an officer-involved shooting in Surrey.

According to police, at 7 a.m. on Thursday January 5th, Surrey RCMP were called to the 12000 block of 100th Avenue in Surrey for a report that a female had been stabbed. Police report that upon arrival, an interaction occurred between an officer and a male with a knife. During the course of this interaction the male was shot.

The male was taken to hospital and is in stable condition. The female is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

IIO Investigators have been deployed to the scene and will be conducting tasks including obtaining physical evidence from the scene, interviewing any civilian witnesses and designating and interviewing officers.  Surrey Major Crime is responsible for any concurrent investigation.

The focus of the IIO investigation is to determine if any officer may have committed an offence as a result of the injuries suffered by the male.

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

No further information or updates will be provided at this time.

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

 

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.