Sunday, May 31, 2020

Investigation underway into Friday night incident involving members of the Prince Rupert RCMP

British Columbia's Independent Investigations Office has been called in to investigate an incident involving members of the Prince Rupert RCMP detachment, having received notice of the case file from the late evening period of Friday evening.

In a background notice released today, the IIO outlined the nature of the information received from the Prince Rupert RCMP related the May 29th incident.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man and woman sitting near the waterfront on the 700-block of First Avenue West. Officers advised the woman she was under arrest and a struggle ensued.

The woman then allegedly jumped down a drop nearby, falling approximately 6 metres (20 feet). Officers and Emergency Health Services personnel provided medical care and transferred the woman to hospital, where she was found to be suffering serious injuries. 

The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played into the serious harm of the woman.

An IIO investigation is underway related to a Friday night incident which
took place on the waterfront side of the 700 block of 1st Avenue West
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As part of their investigation, the IIO is asking that any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line toll free at 1-855-446-8477.

The IIO information bulletin can be reviewed here.

For more notes on case files for Northwest Emergency Responders see our archive page here.

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