IIO BC called in to investigate death in Coquitlam

Coquitlam, BC: The IIO BC has been called in to investigate an in-custody death.

While all aspects and circumstances around this incident are subject to independent investigation and verification, police can advise that around 11 pm on Wednesday, October 19 police received a series of calls about an agitated male trying to break into homes in the 1500 block of Balmoral Drive in Coquitlam. One caller described a man confronting a home owner with a large stick. Police received follow-up calls about someone breaking into a home.

Police officers attended the home and located a severely injured and bleeding male suspect inside with possible life threatening injuries. Efforts were made to de-escalate the situation. Police deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) which appeared to have no effect and ultimately there was a physical confrontation between the male and police. Officers managed to take the male into custody without further incident, and soon after he went into medical distress. Emergency Health Services was on scene and performed CPR and transported the male to hospital.

Unfortunately, the male was pronounced deceased shortly before midnight, Oct. 19. No other individuals were injured during the incident.

As per protocols, the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) was notified and they will now investigate if there is a connection between the male’s death and the actions of police.

The scene and evidence have been secured. Any potential witnesses are asked to call the IIO at 1-855-446-8477.

Given that the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information is being released by police at this time.

For information about the IIO BC and media updates you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca .



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