Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Posting
Surrey. B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is seeking witnesses in a purple or grey Honda CRV that was driving along Government Street in Penticton and made a right hand turn onto Forestbrook Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on November 8, 2019.
The witness(es) are required in relation to an incident on November 08, 2019, at approximately 8:40 a.m. when officers attempted to arrest a male after a theft from a store in Penticton. The male resisted arrest and sustained a head injury. He was taken to hospital, from which he subsequently eloped and had to be returned later, again by police.
The male was admitted to hospital where his condition deteriorated, and he subsequently died six days later on November 14, 2019.
The IIO has identified the following vehicle and believe the occupants may be able to provide valuable information to the investigation.
The IIO is asking that the driver and any passengers to contact the IIO Witness Line 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.