Update to IIO Investigation into an Incident in Vancouver (2023-117)

Case: 2023-117 Incident Date: May 1, 2023 Agency: Municipal Location: Vancouver Detachment: Vancouver Police Department Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Open - Investigation in Progress

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC confirms that the affected person, a man, involved in a recent Vancouver incident has died (IIO 2023-117).

The man went into medical distress on the morning of May 1, 2023 while in the custody of the Vancouver Police Department. He was taken to a hospital for treatment but did not survive.

Incident Summary

At about 4:15 p.m. on April 30, 2023, a man was arrested and lodged in cells at the Vancouver Police Department jail.

At about 8:25 a.m. the following morning (May 1), the man was found to be in medical distress, and Emergency Health Services were called. The man was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where he subsequently died.

The IIO investigation continues.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information or video footage of the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.


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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