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Police watchdog probes officers actions after woman falls from ninth floor of Victoria hotel


Last Friday, a woman fell to her death from a hotel balcony in downtown Victoria and now an investigation has been launched to determine if VicPD officers are at fault for her demise. 

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) are responsible for the investigation to find out if the officers involved are to blame for her death due to their action or inaction during the situation. 

According to police, at around 11:20 p.m. on Friday, November 3rd, police received a call from the Oswego Hotel at 500 Oswego Street in which they were told a woman had climbed over the railing of her balcony on the 9th floor.

Police report that 15 minutes later at 11:35 p.m., she fell to the ground and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anytime a person dies or is injured and police are involved, the IIO is obligated to launch an investigation into the actions of police.

Because during this incident, the police were called prior to her death, they were involved to some degree and so an investigation is needed. 

No additional details will become available regarding this investigation until it is concluded and the IIO has published a report with their findings. 

Curtis Blandy

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