New Aiyansh, BC – The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in one man’s death.
Just before 8 p.m. on October 13,2020, frontline officers of the Nass Valley RCMP were called to the 4300-block of Monroe Street in New Aiyansh for a report that a man had stabbed another man, who was known to him. When officers arrived the victim of the stabbing had already been transported to a local area medical clinic for treatment, and the suspect was being calmed by neighbours.
Prior to officers being able to take the man into custody, the man allegedly harmed himself with a weapon. In an effort to take the man into custody, an officer deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW, more commonly referred to as a taser) and a struggle ensued.
The man was taken into custody with assistance from several civilians. He was placed in the police vehicle for transport to the local health clinic, as BC Emergency Health Services was not readily available. Despite lifesaving efforts, the man died at the clinic.
The IIO BC has been notified of this incident and is attending the scene.
IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca
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