Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Falkland.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on December 3, 2019 at approximately 9:40 a.m., officers located a vehicle near the 5600-block of Highway 97 that was associated to two individuals with outstanding warrants for their arrest. As police had attempted to stop the vehicle the previous day without success, members of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team and a Police Dog Service member attended to assist. An interaction occurred with the male driver of the vehicle, and he was subsequently arrested with the assistance of a police dog and sustained what was believed to be a minor injury. The female passenger was arrested without incident.
On March 12, 2021, RCMP were advised that the man may have sustained a serious injury during the incident. The IIO was notified on April 26, 2021 and has commenced an investigation.
The IIO is asking any person with relevant information of 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.