Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Oct. 8, 2012
SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) confirms that investigators have been deployed in response to the death of an adult male in the city of Vancouver.
At approximately 19:22 hours (7:22 p.m.), on Oct. 7, 2012, Vancouver Police responded to an incident involving a male causing a disturbance along West 7th Street near Laurel. Police decided to transport the man to his place of residence. Once they arrived and prepared to release the man, police observed that he had become unresponsive. E.H.S. was called. They attended and the man was taken to hospital.
At 20:00 hours (8:00 p.m.), the IIO was notified about the incident. At 20:32 hours (8:32 p.m.), the IIO was further notified that the man had not recovered and had died.
Six IIO staff were deployed to this investigation and throughout the following days, will continue to conduct investigative tasks including interviews, neighbourhood canvasses, monitoring the scene examination and collecting evidence; logging exhibits; and the examination of the V.P.D. vehicle. The IIO and the involved police service (Vancouver Police Department) are expected to work co-operatively within the terms agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Chief Civilian Director and B.C.’s police services in July 2012.
As set by the Chief Civilian Director, the IIO’s goals are to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and ensure transparency through public reporting.
Independent Investigations Office website: http://www.iiobc.ca/
Owen Court Senior Manager, Strategic Projects and Public Engagement
Independent Investigations Office of BC