IIO Concludes Investigation into Death of UBC Student (2020-023)

Case: 2020-023 Incident Date: February 5, 2020 Agency: RCMP Location: University Detachment: University Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report

Surrey. B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recent death of a UBC student.

RCMP reported that early on February 5, 2020, a man was arrested and transported to the University RCMP detachment. At approximately 2:30 am, the man was released and transported by RCMP back to his residence. Just before 5:00 am that morning, a security guard on rounds located the man’s body under the Lions Gate Bridge.

The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed evidence obtained from cell block video footage, police radio communications and a search of the man’s residence and belongings. The evidence demonstrates that police carried out a lawful investigation, that they were justified in releasing him after the arrest, and that the man’s death did not arise as a consequence of their actions or inactions.

As a result, the investigation has been 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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