Police had North Parallel Road east of Whatcom Road barricaded on Tuesday afternoon after an incident involving a fatality. (Kevin MacDonald photo)

Police had North Parallel Road east of Whatcom Road barricaded on Tuesday afternoon after an incident involving a fatality. (Kevin MacDonald photo)

Officers not responsible for death of distressed man in Abbotsford, says IIO

Independent Investigations Office concludes probe of incident on North Parallel Road

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has concluded its investigation into a fatality in Abbotsford on Tuesday afternoon and has determined that no further action is required.

The agency determined that the death did not result from any actions on the part of police officers.

Police received a call at 1:36 p.m. that day about a man in serious medical distress.

They set up procedures to approach and communicate with the man, and initially stayed a distance way because they didn’t know the exact circumstances with which they were dealing.

They located the man at 2:16 p.m. on North Parallel Road, east of Whatcom Road, and contained the area. Emergency Health Services then confirmed that the man was deceased.

As a result of the fatality and the fact that officers were present at the incident, the IIO was notified.

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The IIO is an independent civilian oversight agency that investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

Police watchdog called in after fatality in Abbotsford

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has concluded its investigation into a fatality in Abbotsford on Tuesday afternoon and has determined that no further action is required.

The agency determined that the death did not result from any actions on the part of police officers.

Police received a call at 1:36 p.m. that day about a man in serious medical distress.

They set up procedures to approach and communicate with the man, and initially stayed a distance way because they didn’t know the exact circumstances with which they were dealing.

They located the man at 2:16 p.m. on North Parallel Road, east of Whatcom Road, and contained the area. Emergency Health Services then confirmed that the man was deceased.

As a result of the fatality and the fact that officers were present at the incident, the IIO was notified.

The IIO is an independent civilian oversight agency that investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.


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