Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Port Alberni.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on December 23, 2020 at approximately 6:40 p.m., police received a report that a man was on the roof of a 12-story residential building in the 4200-block of Morton Street. When officers arrived, they located the man on the roof with a weapon. While members were reportedly speaking to the man, he harmed himself.
Emergency Health Services attended and transported him to a local area hospital. A short time later, the man was pronounced deceased.
The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, police may have played in the death.
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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