Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. will be deploying investigators to a fatal incident in Dawson Creek, B.C.
RCMP reported that early on April 13, 2019, officers arrested a male and female and transported them to cells as a result of an ongoing investigation.
Later that morning, due to the behaviour of the female, Emergency Health Services were requested. On arrival, the female went into medical distress and was transported to hospital in Dawson Creek. Medical assistance was given but the female was airlifted to Prince George Regional Hospital and was pronounced deceased in the early hours of April 14, 2019.
The IIO has commenced an investigation into the incident to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played in the death of the female.
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.