Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
August 14, 2013
SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) confirms that it is investigating an incident involving the Chilliwack RCMP.
According to the RCMP, in the early morning of August 14, officers responded to a complaint of a male with a knife at a local hotel in Chilliwack. A confrontation occurred between officers and the male. As a result, an officer deployed a Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW) and the male was taken into custody. Subsequent medical assessment confirmed the male had sustained a serious injury to his jaw.
The IIO was notified at 4:58 a.m. and deployed two investigators to Chilliwack. Additional support will be provided by IIO resources in Surrey. Preliminary investigative activities will include identifying witnesses, canvassing for any video evidence and interviewing the affected person. The RCMP will remain responsible for the concurrent investigation into the actions of the male.
This incident occurred in a public setting. Any potential witnesses are asked to call the IIO Info line at 1-855-446-8477 or the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611.
As set by the chief civilian director, the IIO’s goals are to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations, and ensure transparency through public reporting.
Due to the preliminary stage of the investigation, no additional information is available at the present time.
Independent Investigations Office of BC