IIO Concludes Investigation into an Incident in Vancouver (2020-262)

Case: 2020-262 Incident Date: October 21, 2020 Agency: Municipal Location: Vancouver Detachment: Vancouver Police Department Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC concludes an investigation into an incident in Vancouver.

On October 21, 2020 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Vancouver Police Department officers attended a residence in the 1200-block of Howe Street as part of an ongoing investigation. One of the individuals at the residence, a man, was arrested with the assistance of a police service dog. During the interaction, the man sustained dog bite injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The IIO’s Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence – including medical information and a statement from the affected person – and determined that the injuries sustained by the man do not meet the threshold of serious harm as defined by the Police Act. It should also be noted that in his statement the affected person made no allegations of wrongdoing against police. The investigation is therefore 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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