BC RCMP notifies IIO BC of an in-custody incident in Smithers

Smithers, B.C.

2022-09-06 12:44 PDT

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an in-custody death in Smithers.

On September 1, 2022, an individual was arrested by Smithers RCMP members in connection with an investigation and was later remanded in custody until their next court appearance on September 6, 2022. On Sunday September 4, 2022, at approximately 8:55 p.m. during a cell check, the individual was found in medical distress due to self-inflicted actions. Immediate medical treatment was provided and EHS was called. The individual was transported to hospital where they were later pronounced deceased.

The IIO BC has been notified and is investigating the actions of police. 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:

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

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