Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
October 14, 2014
SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office is providing updated information on its investigation currently underway in Slocan.
An IIO team arrived in the area last evening and is on the scene. It has been confirmed that the affected person sustained a gunshot injury during an interaction with two members of the Emergency Response Team. In addition, a firearm was found at the scene. The IIO investigation is still in its early stages and investigators are expected to be in the area this week. IIO resources include a team director, three investigators and a forensic specialist. In additions to this, the IIO will provide dedicated services to assist the family of the deceased affected person.
The IIO and the RCMP will work within the terms agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Chief Civilian Director and B.C.’s police services in July 2012. The IIO’s goals are to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and ensure transparency through public reporting.
Please note that as per the MOU, once the IIO has been notified and has taken over the investigation, the RCMP are prohibited to make any public statements about the case. All media inquiries should be directed to Owen.Court@iiobc.ca