IIO Deploys  to Police Incident in Vancouver (2018-034)

Case: 2018-034 Incident Date: March 15, 2018 Agency: Municipal Location: Vancouver Detachment: Vancouver Police Department Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - With Public Report


Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has deployed investigators to an incident in Vancouver involving a male who suffered injuries.

Initial information provided to the IIO by the Vancouver Police Department suggests that at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday March 15, 2018, a distraught male was threatening to set himself on fire near Commercial Drive and East Broadway Avenue.

Police say they negotiated with the man and deployed a less lethal ARWEN gun. The male was then transferred to hospital with serious burns. The IIO was notified and initiated an investigation as the male’s injuries appeared to be serious harm.

IIO investigators are on the scene and 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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