Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded investigation 2023-031 into the death of a police officer in Langley.
At about 12:35 p.m. on February 8, 2023, police located a man, an off-duty member of the Surrey Police Service, who they believed to be in distress at a business in the 9900-block of 201 Street. Video footage and a civilian witness confirm that before officers could approach, the man sustained a self-inflicted injury.
The man was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. There is no evidence that the man knew police were in the building prior to his death.
The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence – including video footage, a statement from a civilian witness, and police records – and determined that neither police actions nor inactions were responsible for the man’s death.
The IIO investigation is now concluded.
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.
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