IIO Concludes Investigation into Death of One Man in Sooke (2023-172)

Case: 2023-172 Incident Date: June 27, 2023 Agency: RCMP Location: Sooke Detachment: Sooke Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) has concluded its investigation into the death of one man in Sooke on June 27, 2023 (IIO 2023-172).

At approximately 1:50 p.m., members of the Sooke RCMP were called to a residence by a male who appeared to be in emotional distress. Officers responded to the scene, but the man was later found deceased.

On behalf of the Chief Civilian Director, the IIO’s General Counsel has reviewed the evidence – including police statements, 911 recordings, police radio transmissions – and determined there is no causal connection between any action or inaction of an officer and the Affected Person’s death.

Based on the available evidence, police actions could not have prevented this tragic death.

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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