IIO Deploys to Fatal Incident in Chilliwack (2018-026)

Case: 2018-026 Incident Date: February 24, 2018 Location: Chilliwack Detachment: Chilliwack Agency: RCMP Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - With Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey – The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. has deployed investigators to a fatal incident involving the Chilliwack RCMP.

Initial information provided to the IIO by the RCMP suggests that at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, officers were responding to reports of a parental abduction. Prior to police arriving, the male was confronted by a member of the public who attempted to restrain him near the intersection of Vedder Road and Well Road in Chilliwack.

RCMP notified the IIO that during police interaction with the male, a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) was deployed. Shortly afterwards the male went into medical distress. Emergency Health Services (EHS) was called, however the male did not survive.

IIO Investigators are on the scene obtaining physical evidence, reviewing available CCTV footage, interviewing any civilian witnesses and designating and interviewing officers.

Any potential witnesses of this incident are asked to call the IIO at 1-855-446-8477.

For interviews with Chief Civilian Director Ron MacDonald, please contact IIO media line at: 778-988-1041.

The IIO is an independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death. It does not require any allegation of wrongdoing.

Marten Youssef,
Director, Public Engagement & Policy

Shannon Brennan
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Liaison

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