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 Vancouver.
On July 25, 2019, the Vancouver Police Department VPD advised the IIO that they arrested a male who had been waving a weapon and uttering threats on Victoria Drive in Vancouver. They noted that the officers involved had used less than lethal force in arresting the male.
Following this interaction, Emergency Health Services took the male to hospital. At that time the injuries of the male appeared to not meet the mandate of the IIO.
Subsequently, on July 26, 2019, the VPD advised the IIO that, following the initial medical examination, the male’s health had deteriorated while in hospital.
The IIO gathered civilian statements, video evidence and medical records. On receipt and review of the male’s medical report, the IIO sought the assistance of a medical expert. The doctor stated that a head injury sustained was mild and would not need further medical intervention. It is likely the male deteriorated due to previous medical conditions.
The Chief Civilian Director determined that the injuries suffered by the male, did not meet the definition of serious harm as defined in the Police Act.
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.