IIO BC notified of Williams Lake incident

Williams Lake

2020-06-01 15:31 PDT

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

On May 31, 2020 just before 7 p.m., frontline officers from the Williams Lake RCMP were called to Ridgewood Place, Williams Lake to assist in locating a man allegedly in a mental health crisis and reported to have stated that he intended to harm himself. The caller reported the man had left a residence on a trail/dirt bike. An officer located the man near the residence but was unable to take him into custody prior the man fleeing on the motorbike.

A second officer located the man on the motorbike on Highway 20 and allegedly engaged in a pursuit for several blocks. An interaction occurred between the police vehicle and the motorbike, causing the man to lose control of the motorbike near Desous Road. He was arrested by police and transported to a local area hospital by BC Emergency Health Services where it was determined the man had suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The IIO BC is 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.

Released by

S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet

Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-4134
Cell: 604-657-5730
Fax: 778-290-6114

Email: janelle.shoihet@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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