IIO is Investigating an August 2020 Incident in Chemainus (2021-028)

Case: 2021-028 Incident Date: August 19, 2020 Location: Chemainus Detachment: North Cowichan/Duncan Agency: RCMP 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 an incident in Chemainus.

Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on August 19, 2020 at approximately 6:45 p.m., police were called to conduct a wellness check regarding a man. Police located him outside a business in the 3000-block of Oak Street and when officers attempted to apprehend him, an interaction reportedly occurred. He was then transported to a local area hospital for assessment.

On February 3, 2021, the RCMP became aware that the man may have suffered serious injury during the incident and the IIO was notified the following day.

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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