Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Chief Civilian Director (CCD) of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a death in Kamloops.
As indicated in the IIO’s previous release, on July 31, 2020, police responded to request to check on a man, but despite their efforts officers were not able to locate him and departed.
On August 1, 2020, police received a call regarding another man with multiple stab wounds located at a home near the one police attended the day before. The man was transported to hospital where he later died. On August 1, the man police attempted to speak to on July 31 was arrested and charged in the stabbing incident.
The CCD has reviewed the evidence, including independent witness statements and police records, and determined that there is no connection between police actions and the events that occurred on August 1, 2020. The IIO investigation is now concluded.
As this matter is currently before the courts, the IIO will offer no further public comment regarding this investigation.
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.