Police watchdog investigating Lake Country incident

A man was taken to hospital after the June 3 incident

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) are investigating a Lake Country incident that resulted in a man’s hospitalization.

On June 3, Lake Country RCMP received an emergency call just after 1 a.m. from a woman concerned for the health and well-being of a close family member. IIO BC said the woman couldn’t reach him and provided information that his safety was at risk.

Using the information she provided, investigators were able to find out where he lived and officers managed to get into his home.

Once inside, officers heard the man acknowledge them. They found him in the bathroom in possession of an edged weapon.

“Despite the officer’s efforts to de-escalate the situation the man harmed himself,” the IIO BC statement said.

“The officers immediately called in B.C. 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 taken to hospital for treatment.

IIO BC is now investigating to see whether the RCMP’s actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries.

The police will not be releasing more information.

The IIO is an independent oversight agency of the police in B.C. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death.

READ: RCMP officer cleared in 2019 Bear Creek shooting

READ: Police watchdog investigating fatal crash in Kelowna


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Lake Country

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Transport truck driver ticketed after rear-ending semi, closing Highway 1 in Shuswap

Truck catches fire, Chase RCMP ticket man for following too closely

Automated phone scam targets Shuswap residents

Scammers may be spoofing a local number and claiming they are with the CRA

Okanagan and Shuswap MPs want federal funds to help stop invasive species

Concerns raised that spending favours Eastern Canada.

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Cowichan Valley has the honour of being the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan

Most Read