Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Penticton.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on October 2, 2021 at approximately 7:30 a.m., police responded to a request to check on the wellness of a man at a residence in the 900 block of Holden Road. It is reported that an officer attended and spoke to the man before departing.
Another request to check on the man was received at about 11:35 a.m., but as there were reportedly no new concerns raised, police did not re-attend.
At approximately 6:00 p.m., the man was found dead from an injury that appears to have been self-inflicted.
The IIO was notified of the incident the day it occurred and has commenced an investigation 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.
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