IIO Investigation into Incident Involving the Vancouver Police Department Concluded

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Feb. 28, 2013

SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) investigation into the November 13, 2012, death of a man involving the Vancouver Police Department has concluded.

At approximately 10:30 hours on Nov. 13, 2012, the Vancouver Police Department, BC Ambulance Service and Vancouver Fire Department responded to a complaint involving a distraught male.  During an exchange with police, the male continued to be agitated, and a conducted energy weapon was deployed. The male sustained self-inflicted sharp force injuries, was taken into custody and transported to hospital.  He died shortly thereafter.

The IIO asserted jurisdiction and assigned ten investigators, who conducted a thorough investigation into the actions of the involved police officers.  Following this investigation, Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal concluded that there was no evidence that any police officer committed an offence related to this death. Mr. Rosenthal’s findings are outlined in a Public Report which can be downloaded at the link below.

The IIO remains committed to its goals to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and to ensure transparency through public reporting.

Download Report: Final_IIO_Public_Report_on_Fatal_Self_Inflicted_Injury_and_VPD_Nov_13_2012.pdf [235 KB]

Learn More:
Independent Investigations Office website:  http://www.iiobc.ca

Owen Court
Independent Investigations Office of BC

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