New information prompts IIO to open investigation into death of UBC student last fall

New information prompts IIO to open investigation into death of UBC student last fall

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Newly uncovered information has prompted one of the offices investigating police behavior in British Columbia to investigate the death of a UBC student in November 2022.

The British Columbia Independent Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that it has launched an investigation into an incident that occurred on November 14, 2022.

According to the IIO, constables told investigators that at 10 a.m. that day, they were called to a residence hall on the UBC campus in Vancouver to respond to a “request for assistance.”

Upon arrival, officers found a student in medical distress. They provided medical assistance until paramedics arrived and took the man to hospital, where he died on November 20, the IOI said.

Earlier this month, “constables learned that two 911 calls were made from the deceased’s phone before 10 a.m. on the day of the first call,” the IIO said.

“It was also alleged that prior to 10 a.m. there were missed calls to the deceased’s phone from a number reported to be Vancouver police,” the statement said.

The university campus is outside the jurisdiction of the Vancouver Police Department and is patrolled by the university’s RCMP division.

The RCMP informed the IIO of the incident on Monday, February 6, the IIO said, adding that it was investigating.

“The initial stages of the investigation will focus on determining whether police were made aware of the 911 calls before 10 a.m. and what role, if any, police action or inaction may have played in the death,” it said. the press release.

The IIO is responsible for investigating all incidents involving police officers in British Columbia in which a member of the public is killed or seriously injured, whether or not there is an allegation of police misconduct. .

Anyone with information or video related to the police response to UBC on November 14, 2022 is asked to contact the IIO witness line at 855-446-8477 or use the contact form on the IOI website.


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