IIO Investigating Police Dog-Involved Injury in Vancouver (2021-304)

Case: 2021-304 Incident Date: November 5, 2021 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, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating a police-involved incident that occurred late on Friday, November 5, leaving one man seriously injured.

Just prior to midnight, police responded to an apparent break-in at a Vancouver apartment building. They located a suspect in the 500-block of McLean Drive. While taking the man into custody, officers deployed a police service dog. The dog bit the man on the leg, and the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

The IIO asks any person with relevant information or footage of the incident to contact the witness line toll free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form at iiobc.ca.


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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