IIO Deployed to Incident in Vernon (2019-128)

Case: 2019-128 Incident Date: July 24, 2019 Agency: RCMP Detachment: Vernon Location: Vernon Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report

Independent Investigations Office

For Immediate Release

Surrey. B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. was notified by Vernon RCMP on July 25, 2019 that a female had been arrested the previous day and had been held in cells overnight prior to a court appearance. The female spoke with RCMP officers and sheriffs late morning while in a cell in preparation for court.

They further reported that shortly after the female was seen to be in medical distress in the cell. Emergency Health Services was called and the individual was transported to hospital, where they remain with a yet to be established cause.

The IIO is deploying investigators to examine the circumstances surrounding the incident and continue to monitor the medical situation.


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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