Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Vernon.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on May 16, 2020 at approximately 10:15 a.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call in which shouting could be heard before the call disconnected. Upon arrival at the residence, located in the 3000 block of 37 Avenue, the woman who made the aborted call indicated the man also in the residence had threatened her.
During the course of the man’s arrest, he allegedly attempted to resist officers and a struggle ensued. Once in custody at the detachment, the man indicated he was in pain and was transported to hospital where he was found to have non life-threatening injuries. He was discharged from the hospital into police custody shortly thereafter and has since been released.
The IIO is asking for any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line toll free at 1-855-446-8477.
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.