Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Posting
Surrey. B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has concluded its investigation into a police-involved incident in Surrey.
On September 14, 2019 at approximately 10:34 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a pedestrian that had been struck at 152 Street and 56 Avenue (Highway 10). Emergency Health Services attended the scene and pronounced the male pedestrian deceased.
The following day the RCMP determined that the male that had been struck had been released from police custody in Surrey Detachment shortly before the incident and therefore notified the IIO.
The IIO gathered evidence indicating that the male had been arrested earlier on the day of September 14, 2019 and held in cells for approximately five hours before being released. IIO confirmed by a review of video evidence covering his entire period in cells that on release at approximately 9:45 p.m., the male appeared sober, was capable of caring for himself and had been correctly released by the RCMP.
The Police Act requires the IIO to investigate incidents where there is serious harm or death as a result of police action. Our investigation has determined that the male’s death did not arise from the actions of police. As a result, the investigation is being concluded at this point.
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.