Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Posting
Surrey – The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. will be filing a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for their consideration of charges.
IIO 2015-116 This investigation relates to the death of Myles Gray following an altercation with Vancouver Police officers on August 13, 2015 in the 8300 block of Joffre Avenue, Burnaby. Mr. Gray’s name is being released at the request of his family.
In this case, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO has completed his review of the investigative file and, pursuant to Section 38.11 of The Police Act, will be forwarding a report to B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.
In approving charges, B.C. Prosecution Service must be satisfied there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO and that the prosecution is in the public interest.
The length of this investigation relates to a number of aspects, including a difference of opinion with a witness officer regarding the extent of their duty to cooperate under the Police Act in the context of a second interview. The subsequent court application was withdrawn after it was resolved between the parties. Also, in an effort to obtain further information regarding the cause of death, additional forensic pathology resources were sought and provided by the Coroner’s Office in 2018 in order to ensure a comprehensive investigation.
As the matter is being referred to the Crown, the IIO will not be making any additional comment about the facts of the case at this time.
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.