BC RCMP notifies IIO BC of an incident near Lake Cowichan

B.C., Lake Cowichan, North Cowichan/Duncan

2022-11-30 15:29 PST

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident near Lake Cowichan where one man has died.

On November 29, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a business north of Duncan. Officers were able to locate the vehicle that the suspect left in, but lost sight of it as it travelled through Duncan.

The Island District RCMP Emergency Response Team were engaged and at 4 p.m. they located the vehicle parked east of Lake Cowichan. No movement was seen inside, and at approximately 4:45 p.m. officers approached the vehicle and found one deceased man with what appears to be self-inflicted wounds.

The IIO BC is 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:

Dawn Roberts
Director, BC RCMP
Office: 779-290-2929
Email: bcrcmp-grcencb@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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