IIO Reaches Decision in August 2021 Officer-Involved Shooting in Vancouver (2021-228)Case: 2021-228 Incident Date: August 17, 2021 Agency: Municipal Location: Vancouver Detachment: Vancouver Police Department Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Chief Civilian Director (CCD) of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded an investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident in Vancouver.
As indicated in the previous release, on August 17, 2021 at approximately 5:30 a.m., a member of the Vancouver Police Department responded to a request for assistance removing a man from a hotel lobby in the 700-block of Drake Street. When the officer attempted to speak to the man, a struggle ensued, and shots were fired by the officer.
The man sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The CCD has reviewed the available evidence and determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed an offence, and the actions of the officer were justified. Accordingly, the matter will not be referred to Crown Counsel for consideration of charges.
Due to concurrent court proceedings related to the incident, the IIO will not comment further at this time. A public report into the incident will be released on the IIO website once the court proceedings have concluded.
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.