Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded investigation 2022-087 into the circumstances surrounding a death in Vernon.
At about 7:25 a.m. on April 25, 2022, police attended a Vernon residence to transport one man to the hospital without incident.
Video footage shows that when the man arrived with officers at the hospital, he went into medical distress. Despite the life-saving efforts of medical staff, the man was pronounced deceased.
The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence – including a civilian witness statement, video footage, and police information – and determined that the cause of death was not related to any police actions or inactions.
The IIO investigation is now concluded. The BC Coroners Service independent investigation into the death remains open.
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.