Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has been notified of an incident in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast RCMP notified the IIO regarding an incident that resulted in the death of a male on April 9, 2019.
It was reported that police responded to a local bank regarding a suspected fraud in progress on April 9, 2019. Police arrived and detained a male for investigative purposes. It is reported that the male then ran from police, who gave chase on foot. He was apprehended by police about 500 metres away but went into medical distress at that time.
The male was given immediate medical attention by police and a local doctor and nurse until BC Emergency Health Services arrived. The male was transported to the local Sunshine Coast hospital. He was pronounced dead at 1720 hours.
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.