The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO BC) are investigating after a man sustained serious injuries during an altercation with police while in RCMP cells on Friday.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on April 22nd, Nanaimo RCMP responded to a complaint of an intoxicated man being verbally aggressive to a fellow tenant at a home in the 400-block of Wesley Street. 

The man was arrested for uttering threats and was transported to the RCMP detachment. 

Upon arrival, the man allegedly became aggressive. 

According to reports, an altercation ensued between the man and one of the attending police officers which left the man with injuries to his arm and leg.

Paramedics were called and he was transported to hospital.

All circumstances of the incident are the subject of independent investigation by the IIO BC. 

Anyone with relevant information regarding the incident is asked to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477 or via the online contact form.

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