BC RCMP notify the IIO BC of an incident in Surrey

Surrey

2021-02-16 16:44 PST

File # 2021-19686

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Surrey that resulted in injury to a man.

Just before 5:30 a.m. on February 8, 2021, front line officers from the Surrey RCMP were called to investigate an armed robbery at a business in 10300-block of 152 Street. The suspect had been seen leaving the scene on a bicycle. A responding officer located a person he believed matched the description of the suspect riding a bicycle nearby and placed him under arrest. The man allegedly resisted the officer’s attempts to take him into custody and a struggle ensued. With assistance of several back-up officers, the man was taken into custody.

The man was assessed and treated at the scene by BC Emergency Health Services. It was later determined the man was not the suspect in the armed robbery and he was released from police custody at the scene. The RCMP regrets the mistake made in identifying the man and now offers a complete apology to him.

Surrey RCMP has since learned the man suffered serious injuries and the IIO BC has been notified.
IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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 by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.


 

Released by

S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet

Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
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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