IIO seeks witness of fatality after Taser incident in Chilliwack

IIO seeks witness of fatality after Taser incident in Chilliwack

Police watchdog release image of Dodge Ram asking for driver/occupant to make contact

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) is still seeking a key witness to the death of a man following a Tasering by police on Vedder Road in Chilliwack in February.

The incident occurred when a man on a supervised visit with his four-year-old daughter took off with the little girl.

The IIO has identified a witness (driver and/or occupants) in a dark blue Dodge Ram 1500 who might be able to provide valuable information to the investigation.

It was at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 when witnesses said they saw a man twice run into traffic on Vedder Road near Storey Avenue. He had fled from Seasons Mediation and Family Services a few blocks to the south.

• READ MORE: Estranged wife of Chilliwack man who died in Taser incident opposed parental visit

The IIO said the RCMP reported the man resisted arrest and a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), commonly referred to as a Taser, was deployed.

He died, which triggered the IIO investigation.

On March 7, the IIO released an image of two vehicles and a description of a third, the drivers and/or occupants of which are potential witnesses “who may be able to provide valuable information to the investigation.”

Then on March 22 the IIO released the image of the Dodge Ram.

The Ram was stopped in the southbound curb lane of Vedder Road at Storey Avenue as the incident unfolded.

The IIO is asking for these witnesses and any others who may have seen, heard, or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line at 1-855-446-8477.


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.