IIO BC notified of Chilliwack incident; “an emotionally distraught man in possession of firearms”

Chilliwack, BC – RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in the death of a man Saturday night.

On May 23, 2020 shortly before 5:30 p.m., Chilliwack RCMP were called to check the wellbeing of an emotionally distraught man in possession of firearms at a residence in the 46000-block of Christina Drive in Chilliwack. Upon arrival by frontline officers, the man allegedly fired shots at the attending police officers, who retreated and took steps to contain the residence. No one was injured. Officers evacuated homes in the immediate area and called the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, and a RCMP crisis negotiator to the scene to assist.

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An interaction between the man and police resulted in shots being fired by police. The man exited the home during the interaction and then returned inside. A robot was deployed by police to safely conduct a search of the home. The man was found unresponsive inside. Despite life saving measures performed by emergency medical crews at the scene he died.

The IIO BC and the BC Coroners Service is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC.

File # 2020-19990


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