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 October 30, 2021 at approximately 10:00 p.m., police responded to a request for assistance regarding a man at a residence in the 1000 block of Valewood Trail, and they were joined by the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team at about 12:00 a.m.
It is reported that police attempted to negotiate with the man for several hours. At approximately 8:45 a.m., officers entered the home and took the man into custody. A police service dog, handled by a member of the Integrated Canine Service, was used to assist in the arrest, and the man sustained dog-bite related injuries.
Police provided first aid until Emergency Health Services attended and transported the man to 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.