Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has deployed investigators to two separate incidents in Mount Currie and Sayward.
Initial information provided to the IIO by the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service suggests that at approximately 6:57 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, an officer responded to reports of a dispute between four people in Mount Currie. During the police interaction with a male, a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) was deployed. A man was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Initial information provided to the IIO by the Sayward RCMP suggests that at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018, an officer in an unmarked police vehicle observed a vehicle travelling on Sayward Road. The officer attempted to engage the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle crashed causing injuries to both driver and passenger.
The driver and passenger were taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
In both of these incidents, IIO investigators are currently conducting tasks which include obtaining physical evidence, designating and interviewing officers, interviewing any available witnesses, reviewing medical records and examining available video footage. Any potential witnesses are asked to call the IIO at 1-855-446-8477.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.