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NEWS RELEASE · 28th February 2013
IIO
IIO INVESTIGATION INTO FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH CONCLUDED

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) investigation into the Dec. 27, 2012, critical injury and subsequent death of a man involving the RCMP has been concluded.

On Dec. 27, 2012, at approximately 1:35 p.m., an on-duty RCMP officer driving an unmarked police passenger van collided with a male driver at the intersection of Highway 10 and 184th Street in Surrey.

The officer was entering the intersection eastbound on Highway 10 on a green light. The male driver was westbound on Highway 10 and was preparing to turn left onto 184th Street. Distracted by an oncoming ambulance, the driver made a sudden turn left in front of the officer.

The male driver sustained a number of injuries including fractured ribs and lacerations to his lung. Although the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening at the time, over the following few days, the driver's medical condition deteriorated and he did not survive.

The IIO asserted jurisdiction and conducted an investigation into the actions of the involved RCMP officer. Following this investigation, Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal concluded that there was no evidence that any police officer committed an offence related to this death. Mr. Rosenthal's findings are outlined in a Public Report that can be downloaded at the link below.

The IIO remains committed to its goals to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and to ensure transparency through public reporting.


IIO INVESTIGATION INTO INCIDENT INVOLVING THE VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT CONCLUDED

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) investigation into the Nov. 13, 2012, death of a man involving the Vancouver Police Department has concluded.

At approximately 10:30 hours on Nov. 13, 2012, the Vancouver Police Department, BC Ambulance Service and Vancouver Fire Department responded to a complaint involving a distraught male. During an exchange with police, the male continued to be agitated, and a conducted energy weapon was deployed. The male sustained self-inflicted sharp force injuries, was taken into custody and transported to hospital. He died shortly thereafter.

The IIO asserted jurisdiction and assigned ten investigators, who conducted a thorough investigation into the actions of the involved police officers. Following this investigation, Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal concluded that there was no evidence that any police officer committed an offence related to this death. Mr. Rosenthal's findings are outlined in a Public Report which can be downloaded at the link below.

The IIO remains committed to its goals to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and to ensure transparency through public reporting.


IIO INVESTIGATION INTO FATAL SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT CONCLUDED

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) investigation into the death of a man on Dec. 21, 2012, involving the RCMP has been concluded.

On Dec. 21, 2012, at approximately 12:39 a.m., an on-duty RCMP officer observed a van with the licence plate obscured and the insurance decal indecipherable. The officer initiated a vehicle check on the van near King George Highway and 24th Avenue in Surrey.

Shortly after the van stopped, the officer heard what he described as a "pop". The van rolled across the highway before eventually coming to rest on the centre median. A second officer subsequently arrived at the location. Both officers approached the van and found the driver in medical distress suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot injury. The 42-year-old male later died of his injuries.

The IIO asserted jurisdiction and conducted an investigation into the actions of the involved Surrey RCMP officer. Following this investigation, Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal concluded that there was no evidence that any police officer committed an offence related to this death. Mr. Rosenthal's findings are outlined in a Public Report that can be downloaded at the link below.

The IIO remains committed to its goals to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and to ensure transparency through public reporting.


Learn More:

Independent Investigations Office website: http://www.iiobc.ca/