IIO Seeks Witnesses to Kelowna Incident (2020-188)

Case: 2020-188 Incident Date: August 1, 2020 Location: Kelowna Detachment: Kelowna Agency: RCMP Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Open - Investigation in Progress

Information Bulletin
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

IIO Seeks Witnesses to Late-Night Incident in Kelowna (IIO 2020-188)

Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. is seeking witnesses to a late-night police-involved incident in Kelowna.

Kelowna RCMP report that on Saturday, August 1 at 10:18 pm, police investigated the theft of a battery-assisted mountain bike. Officers located a male suspect on the Rail Trail – a pedestrian/bike trail at Hardy Street. While on the trail, the suspect had an interaction with a police service dog and his handler, and sustained a serious dog-bite injury.

The man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.

Background

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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