Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating a death in Maple Ridge.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on January 10, 2021 at approximately 1:20 a.m., police were called to conduct a wellness check at a residence in the 27000-block of Lougheed Highway. When officers arrived, they reportedly found a man at the home to be arrestable for an offence and took him into custody.
Later that day, the man had a judicial hearing and was released at about 3:00 p.m. with specific conditions.
The following day (January 11) at about 3:00 p.m., the man was found deceased and the IIO was notified due to the recent police contact. The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, police actions or inactions may have played in the death.
The IIO is asking any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.
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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