IIO Concludes Investigation into August 2023 Incident in Abbotsford (2023-222)

Case: 2023-222 Incident Date: August 1, 2023 Location: Abbotsford Detachment: Abbotsford Police Department Agency: Municipal 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 has concluded investigation 2023-222 into an incident in Abbotsford that resulted in one man sustaining a serious injury.

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on August 1, 2023, Abbotsford police officers responded to a home on McDougall Avenue after initially receiving a call about a man, the Affected Person (AP), who was not permitted to be there.

Officers quickly located the AP inside the residence, where he then suffered a serious, self-inflicted injury. Officers immediately provided life-saving assistance.

The AP was taken to hospital by Emergency Health Services, surviving the injury.

The IIO was notified about the incident the same day and immediately began an investigation. Investigators later confirmed the AP’s wound was self-inflicted and that officers provided first aid immediately afterwards, contributing to saving his life.

The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence, including statements taken from civilian witnesses, and determined the AP’s actions and injuries were not due to police action or inaction.

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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