IIO is Investigating an Incident in Vancouver (2023-036)

Case: 2023-036 Incident Date: February 12, 2023 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 that resulted in one woman sustaining serious injuries.

Information provided by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) states that at about 10:50 a.m. on February 12, 2023, an on-duty officer driving near the intersection of Seymour and Nelson streets observed a woman he believed may be committing a property crime and stopped to investigate.

It is reported that an interaction occurred between the officer and woman when she was taken into custody.

The woman was transported to VPD cells for treatment by the jail nurse, then to a local hospital for further treatment where her injuries were confirmed to be serious.

The IIO has commenced an investigation. Initial investigative steps will seek to confirm the details of what occurred during the arrest.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information, or dashcam or other video footage 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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