Thursday, November 5, 2020

Independent Investigations Office called to Prince Rupert to investigate a death related to an incident from mid October

The provincial agency that investigates all officer related policing incidents has been dispatched to Prince Rupert to investigate the circumstances of the death of man following his release from the Prince Rupert RCMP detachment in the early hours of October 19th, that following a single vehicle collision in the city.

In an information release from the IIO, the agency notes some of the background to their case file: 

On October 19, 2020, the RCMP notified the IIO that the previous day, October 18, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers had attended a single vehicle collision involving a man driving a white pick-up truck at the intersection of Summit and Omineca avenues. 

The officers conducted an investigation into the collision and transported the man to the Prince Rupert detachment. The man left the detachment at 12:25 a.m. the following morning, October 19. 

Later that morning at approximately 9:20 a.m., the man was found deceased in his home. 

 The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, police actions or inaction played in the death of the man. The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an independent investigation to determine the circumstances of his death.

BC's Independent Investigators Office is investigating the circumstances of
a death following a police investigation into a single vehicle incident on October 18

As part of the Independent Investigations Office review, they are asking any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line Toll Free at 1-855-446-8477.

You can also contact the IIO through their online report form here.

More background on the incident from the IIO can be reviewed here.

Further notes on Emergency Responders in the Northwest can be explored here

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