Police watchdog probes Vancouver Island arrest after man hurt during standoff

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B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office called in to examine Courtenay arrest
B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office has been called in to examine the arrest of a man in Courtenay on Sunday. Police responded to a disturbance call around 1:45 p.m. Neighbours say the resident's behaviour had grown increasingly erratic --yelling at and threatening people in the area – Apr 10, 2024

British Columbia’s civilian police watchdog has been deployed to Courtenay, where a man was hurt during a standoff with RCMP.

According to the Independent Investigations Office, the RCMP were called to reports of a man causing a disturbance at a home on Sunday.

Police reported that when they arrived, the man resisted arrest, allegedly produced an unspecified weapon and barricaded himself inside the home.

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IIO investigating police-involved shooting in Surrey

Mounties called in the Island District Emergency Response Team, who arrested the man around 10:45 p.m. During the arrest, the man sustained a “serious but not life-threatening injury,” the IIO said.

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The IIO will now investigate what happened during the incident, and whether police action or inaction was necessary, reasonable and proportionate.

The Comox Valley RCMP is conducting its own concurrent investigation into the man’s actions.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the IIO Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the website.

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