Weekly Update as of September 16-27, 2013
New Investigations: Jurisdiction Asserted and Sustained
Burnaby RCMP and Adult Male
Shortly before 6 a.m., on Sept. 18, 2013, RCMP officers in Burnaby were responding to a complaint at a residence near Cambridge Street. Once at the scene, officers located an adult male who appeared to be in medical distress. Officers placed the male in the police vehicle and observed his condition deteriorating.
BC Ambulance Services was requested, and emergency medical care was rendered. The male was transported to hospital, however he did not survive. He subsequently died in hospital on Sept. 19.
The IIO was notified of the incident on Sept. 18 at 7:17 a.m. and deployed investigators immediately. Investigators have completed initial activities including identifying and interviewing witnesses, conducting a neighbourhood canvass and obtaining other forensic evidence. Additional support was provided by the investigator who works with affected persons and their families.
Langley RCMP and Adult Male
Shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2013, while driving, an adult male experienced a medical event and crashed the vehicle.
Individuals nearby came to the male’s aid. Preliminary information provided to the IIO was one person initiated CPR however was allegedly directed to stop once police were on scene. BC Ambulance Service arrived and resumed resuscitation efforts however the male affected person did not survive.
The IIO was notified on Sept. 23, 2013 and assigned investigators to conduct standard investigative tasks. These have included interviews and a review of medical records and other evidence that has been seized.
Vancouver Police Department and an Adult Female
On Sept. 24, 2013, VPD officers were responding to a complaint at a Powell Street residence. During this response, an adult female was observed jumping out of the residence window. She fell approximately 20 feet and sustained serious injuries.
The IIO was notified immediately and assigned an investigative team.
All three of these investigations are expected to result in a decision by the Chief Civilian Director either to make a Report to Crown Counsel, or to issue a Public Report. The involved police services are cooperating as per the MOU and remain responsible for any and all parallel investigations.
Public Report (Victoria Police)
Public Report (Vancouver Police Department)