Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded an investigation into an incident in Lake Country.
As detailed in our initial release, on June 3, 2020 at approximately 1:00 a.m., officers responded to an individual’s request for a wellness check on a man, the affected person in this case.
Officers located the man at his home suffering from self-inflicted injuries and while attempting to engage him in conversation, he harmed himself with a weapon and sustained life-threatening injuries. Officers managed to restrain the man and immediately began first aid. Emergency Health Services, who had been waiting nearby, quickly moved in to assist and the man was transported to hospital.
The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence and determined that the man’s injuries were not the result of police actions. In fact, the intervention and medical assistance provided by officers on the scene saved the man’s life. Their efforts are to be commended.
As a result, the investigation has been 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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