IIO Seeks Witnesses to Incident in Whistler (2020-052)

Case: 2020-052 Incident Date: March 8, 2020 Agency: RCMP Location: Whistler Detachment: Whistler Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - With Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has been deployed to a fatal police-involved incident in Whistler.

RCMP reported that on March 08, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers responded to an intoxicated male in Whistler Village.

During the interaction with police, both OC (pepper) spray and a conducted energy weapon were deployed.

It was reported the male went into medical distress and the IIO has since been informed the male has passed away.

The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played into the serious harm of the male. BC Coroners Service will investigate to determine how, where, when and by what means he came to his death.

Any potential witnesses of this incident are asked to call 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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