IIO is Investigating the Death of One Woman in Victoria (2023-326)

Case: 2023-326 Incident Date: November 3, 2023 Agency: Municipal Location: Victoria Detachment: Victoria Police Department Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is investigating an incident in Victoria where one woman died.

Information provided by the Victoria Police Department states that at about 11:20 a.m. on November 3, 2023, police responded to a 911 call regarding a woman reported to have climbed over the balcony railing on the 9th floor at a hotel in the 500-block of Oswego Street.

At approximately 11:35 a.m., it is reported that the woman fell to the ground and was pronounced deceased.

The IIO has commenced an investigation, and initial investigative steps will seek to confirm what happened during the incident, and what role, if any, police actions or inaction may have played in the death.

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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