Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Death of Campbell River man while in custody sparks IIO investigation


British Columbia’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC), is investigating following the death of an individual while in RCMP custody on Thursday. 

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on June 23rd, RCMP arrested a man for breach of probation. He was held in custody at the Campbell River RCMP detachment.

At 11 p.m. that night, an on-duty guard found the man unresponsive and in medical distress. 

Officers provided first aid until paramedics arrived and took over. 

The man was transported to hospital but later died. 

Now, the IIO BC is investigating the incident to determine whether police actions contributed to the individual’s death. 

No further information will be released by police.

This isn’t the IIO’s first investigation in Campbell River this year, including a fatal shooting at a marina earlier this month, and a fatal shooting following a theft and weapon complaint at a local business in April. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the IIO’s Witness Line at 1 (855) 446-8477 or reach out via the contact form on its website.

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