Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded an investigation into an incident on Salt Spring Island.
As detailed in the previous release, at about 3:35 p.m. on April 2, 2022, police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision in the 200-block of Stewart Road and were advised that the driver had departed the scene on foot.
Independent witnesses who spoke to the male driver before police arrived observed that he had serious injuries and said he had been in a collision. The witnesses confirm that police arrived a short time later, and there was a brief struggle while the officers took the man into custody.
The man was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence – including statements of the affected person, independent witnesses, and a police witness – and determined that police actions did not cause serious harm. The independent civilian witnesses confirm that the man was injured in the collision prior to police attendance, and the limited use of force employed to take the man into custody did not cause the serious injuries he sustained. 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.