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Police watchdog looks into death of woman in Chase residence

All officer-related incidents with serious harm or death investigated, even if no wrongoing alleged
The Independent Investigations Office is investigating the death of a woman in a home in Chase on May 27 because police were in contact with her the day before. (Black Press Media file photo)

The police watchdog is currently looking into an incident that involved the death of a woman in Chase.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is mandated to conduct investigations into police-related incidents resulting in death or serious harm, to determine whether any officer committed an offence.

In this case, the IIO was notified because police were in contact with the woman on Friday, May 26, the day before she died.

IIO spokesperson Rebecca Whalen said the woman died in a home in Chase on Saturday, May 27. She said no further information can be provided at this time, but the IIO is seeking to confirm if any police action or inaction was connected to the death.

The IIO, as the civilian oversight agency of police in B.C., investigates whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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