Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Prince Rupert where one woman sustained a serious injury.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that at about 11:50 p.m. on October 26, 2022, police responded to calls from bystanders concerned about the wellness of a woman reported to be standing in the road shouting at passing vehicles.
Officers located the woman on Park Avenue, and it is reported that she was intoxicated. The woman was arrested and transported to Prince Rupert RCMP detachment cells.
At about 6:30 a.m. the following morning, the woman requested medical assistance. Police called Emergency Health Services who transported the woman to the hospital for treatment of a serious injury.
The IIO has commenced an investigation to determine what role, if any, police actions or inactions may have played in the woman’s injury.
The IIO is asking any person with relevant information or video footage regarding 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.