Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Grand Forks.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on June 8, 2021 at approximately 9:30 p.m., police received a request to check on the wellbeing of a man at a residence in the 7500-block of 6th Street. Upon arrival, the man was reportedly observed to be sleeping and officers departed.
On June 9 at about 2:00 p.m., Emergency Health Services attended the residence, found the man unconscious and transported him to a local hospital. The man died in hospital the same evening.
The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, police actions or inactions may have played in the death.
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.