Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Vancouver.
Information provided by the Vancouver Police Department indicates that on October 21, 2020 at approximately 5:30 p.m., police attended an address in the 1200-block of Howe Street as part of an ongoing investigation. A man at the residence reportedly had a weapon within reach, and a police service dog was deployed to assist in his arrest.
During the struggle, the man sustained serious dog bite injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
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.