Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded investigation 2022-284 into an incident in Kamloops where one man sustained a serious injury.
At about 4:00 p.m. on October 24, 2022, officers responded to a call regarding a man who was behaving erratically and in possession of a weapon at a residence in the 2000-block of Pacific Way.
Police attempted to negotiate with the man for several hours, and less-lethal force options were eventually used to take the man into custody at about 8:35 p.m. Shortly before being taken into custody, the man sustained a self-inflicted injury.
Emergency Health Services had been staged nearby and transported the man to the hospital.
Medical information and a civilian witness confirm that the only injury the man sustained that meets the threshold for serious harm as defined by the Police Act was self-inflicted. Accordingly, following a review of the evidence, the Chief Civilian Director has determined that the officers are not responsible for the man’s injury.
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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