Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Duncan where one man sustained serious harm.
Information provided by the RCMP states that at about 3:45 p.m. on November 4, 2022, a man was arrested reportedly without incident and lodged in North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment cells.
On November 5, shortly after a video bail hearing, the man was found to be in medical distress in his cell. Emergency Health Services transported the man to a local hospital for treatment.
The IIO has commenced an investigation to determine what role, if any, police actions or inactions may have played in the man’s condition.
The IIO is asking any person with relevant information or video footage regarding 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.