IIO is Investigating an Incident in Saanich (2021-127)

Case: 2021-127 Incident Date: May 20, 2021 Agency: Municipal Location: Saanich Detachment: Victoria Police Department Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - With Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Saanich.

Information provided by the Saanich Police Department indicates that on May 20, 2021 at approximately 11:00 p.m., police responded to a call regarding a reported altercation involving a man with a weapon on the Lochside Trail. Officers attended and located a man on a wooden bridge on the Lochside Trail between Saanich Road and Quadra Street. An interaction occurred, and a police service dog with the Integrated Canine Service was used to assist in the arrest.

The man sustained a dog bite injury and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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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