IIO Concludes Investigation into Circumstances Surrounding Death in Enderby (2021-214)Case: 2021-214 Incident Date: August 5, 2021 Location: Enderby Detachment: North Okanagan Agency: RCMP Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC concludes investigation into the circumstances surrounding a death that occurred in Enderby.
As indicated in the previous release, on August 5, 2021 just after midnight, police responded to a campsite near Enderby following allegations that a man had assaulted two women with a weapon. Independent witnesses corroborate that the man sustained self-inflicted injuries before departing the campsite in a recreational vehicle (RV).
Police located the man at approximately 2:00 a.m. and following a cautious approach which included use of tear gas and a 40mm less-lethal round, at 3:00 a.m. officers found the man to be in medical distress and provided aid. Emergency Health Services, who had been staged nearby, arrived a short time later to provide further medical assistance, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Based on the available evidence, the man’s death was not related to police actions. 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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