IIO Seeking Key Witnesses to Incident in Penticton (2019-211)

Case: 2019-211 Incident Date: November 8, 2019 Detachment: Penticton Location: Penticton Agency: RCMP Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - With Public Report

Information Bulletin
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Posting

Surrey. B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is seeking witnesses to an arrest in Penticton.

On November 08, 2019, at approximately 8:40 a.m., 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, which he subsequently eloped and had to be returned later, again by police.

The male was admitted to hospital where his condition deteriorated and subsequently, he died six days later on November 14, 2019.

The IIO has identified the following witnesses as being able to provide valuable information to the investigation.

Between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on November 8, 2019:

  • The driver and or occupants of a tan or grey coloured Honda Odyssey with a hood deflector stopped at the junction of Government Street and Forestbrook Drive for police before continuing.
  • The driver and or occupants of a purple or grey Honda CRV that turned right onto Forestbrook Drive.

The IIO is asking for these witnesses and any others who may have seen, heard, or recorded the incident 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.


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