IIO is Investigating an Incident in Vancouver (2021-251)

Case: 2021-251 Incident Date: September 5, 2021 Agency: Municipal Location: Vancouver Detachment: Vancouver 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 Vancouver.

Information provided by the Vancouver Police Department indicates that on September 5, 2021 at approximately 12:15 p.m., police responded to a reported crime in progress at a business in the 1600-block of West 4th Avenue. When officers arrived, an altercation occurred before the affected person, a man, was arrested. Shortly thereafter, the man went into medical distress, and assistance was provided until Emergency Health Services arrived and transported the affected person to a local hospital for treatment.

The IIO was advised of the incident shortly after it occurred and has commenced an investigation into the incident.

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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