IIO is Investigating an Incident in Burns Lake (2020-218)

Case: 2020-218 Incident Date: August 27, 2020 Location: Burns Lake Detachment: Burns Lake 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 Burns Lake.

Information provided by the RCMP on August 27, 2020 indicates that earlier that day at approximately 5:00 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop near Richmond Loop on Highway 16. At the officer’s request, the man exited the vehicle. An altercation occurred between the officer and the man, and the man was arrested and transported to the RCMP detachment.

Once at the detachment, the man indicated that he was injured and Emergency Health Services (EHS) were called. The man was transported to a local area hospital by EHS where he was confirmed to have serious injuries.

The IIO is asking any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO 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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