IIO Investigates Circumstances Surrounding Kamloops Death (2020-187)

Case: 2020-187 Incident Date: August 1, 2020 Location: Kamloops Detachment: Kamloops Agency: RCMP Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Open - Investigation in Progress

IIO Investigates Circumstances Surrounding Kamloops Death (IIO 2020-187)

Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has commenced an investigation in relation to the August 1 death of a Kamloops man.

On July 31, Kamloops RCMP received a call from a woman who was concerned about the mental health of a male relative. Officers visited the man’s home, but reported being unable to locate him.

On August 1 at 10:34 am, officers were called to a neighbouring home, where they found a different man with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital, where he died. At 2:00 pm, the man whose relative had called police the day prior was arrested in connection with the stabbing. He has since been charged as the RCMP continue to investigate this incident.

The IIO is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police’s lack of success on July 31 in locating the man charged in the August 1 stabbing. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.

Background

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.

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