IIO BC notified of Richmond incident


2020-05-29 18:30 PDT

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

On May 28, 2020 at around 7:30 p.m, Richmond RCMP were called to a business on Steveston Highway in Richmond to assist a Loss Prevention Officer who was struggling with a shoplifting suspect.

Frontline officers arrived on scene to assist and to arrest the man. Shortly thereafter, the members determined that man was in medical distress, unresponsive and started first aid measures.

The male was transported to a nearby hospital where despite life saving measures performed by emergency medical personnel he died.

The IIO BC and the BC Coroners Service are 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. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca

Released by

Cpl. Madonna Saunderson

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
North District
4020 5th Avenue, Prince George, BC V2M 7E7
Office: 250-561-3166
Cell: 250-301-3521

Email: madonna.saunderson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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