IIO BC notified of Lake Country incident; “man was located inside a bathroom in possession of an edged weapon”

Lake Country, Kelowna, BC – RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in one person being taken to hospital on June 3, 2020.

On June 3, 2020 shortly after 1 a.m., Lake Country RCMP received a 911 emergency call from a woman who was concerned for the health and well-being of a close family member who lived in the Lake Country area. The complainant was growing increasingly concerned as she was no longer able to contact her family member and she provided information indicating his immediate safety was at risk. Using the information obtained from the woman, investigators were able to determine where the man resided in the community. Frontline officers managed to gain entry into the man’s home. Once inside the man responded verbally to police who announced their presence. The man was located inside a bathroom in possession of an edged weapon. Despite the officer’s efforts to de-escalate the situation the man harmed himself. The officers immediately called in BC Emergency Health Services who had been staged, as a precaution, nearby the scene and took steps to provide first aid to the man awaiting their arrival. The man was rushed to hospital for medical treatment.

Ambulance (File Photo)
Ambulance (File Photo)

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries. 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. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca

Lake Country RCMP

Southeast District RCMP

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