IIO is Investigating a Fatal Police-Involved Shooting Incident in Abbotsford (2023-359)

Case: 2023-359 Incident Date: December 17, 2023 Location: Abbotsford Detachment: Abbotsford Police Department Agency: Municipal Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - With Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is investigating a police-involved shooting incident that resulted in the death of one man.

Information provided by the Abbotsford Police Department states that at about 9:55 p.m. on December 17, 2023, police responded to a report of a man in distress in the 1600-block of Riverside Road.

There was an interaction between police and the man, and police discharged their firearms.

The man sustained gunshot-related injuries and was subsequently pronounced deceased.

The IIO was notified shortly after the incident occurred and initial investigative steps will determine the details of the interaction between the man and police, and whether any police use of force was reasonable, necessary, and proportionate in the circumstances.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information about the incident to please contact the IIO via the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or using 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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