Chilliwack – The IIO – The Independent Investigations Office say they’re responding to what they describe as a “fatal incident” in Chilliwack.
On Saturday afternoon around 2PM, RCMP responded to an incident along Vedder Road at Storey Avenue.
It is alleged that a man was tasered by Mounties as the RCMP were investigating a domestic incident. Social media posts have backed up that claim. While witnesses have mentioned to FVN what they saw, RCMP and IIO have yet to issue a statement as of Saturday evening and this investigation is in the early stages.
The IIO conducts investigations into on and off-duty police-involved incidents that result in death or serious injury.
The RCMP Statement confirmed a domestic situation:
On February 24 just after 2 p.m. officers of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment RCMP (UFVRD) were dispatched to a report of a parental abduction.
A father having a supervised visit with his child attempted to flee the area of Vedder Road and Well Road, on foot with the child.
Police quickly located the male and child. When the male resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody, an officer used a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) to affect the arrest. Soon after being arrested the male suffered a medical emergency. Officers began and continued resuscitation efforts until ambulance personnel arrived and assumed resuscitation efforts. The male was transported to a local area hospital but was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.
The child was physically unharmed and reunited with its mother at the scene.
The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia has been contacted by police and it is now investigating to see if there is any link between police action and the male’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police at this time. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.
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