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Investigations underway into death of off-duty Richmond RCMP officer

Multiple investigations are underway into the off-duty death of Const. Jasmine Thiara.
Multiple investigations are underway into the off-duty death of Const. Jasmine Thiara. RCMP Veterans' Association

Three separate investigations are now underway into the tragic death of a Richmond RCMP officer who appears to have taken her own life.

The Independent Investigations Office, B.C.’s civilian police watchdog, said it received 911 calls last Sunday night reporting a woman considering self-harm.

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Less than an hour later, Vancouver police found the body of the off-duty officer who had died from what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries on the sidewalk of the Moray Bridge in Richmond.

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The woman has been widely identified on social media as Const. Jasmine Thiara of the Richmond RCMP.

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The RCMP Veterans’ Association also posted a tribute to Thiara, though it did not speak to the manner of her death.

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“We recognize that this is an extremely difficult time for Jasmine’s family, friends and work colleagues,” the organization wrote.

“We wish to all the strength to carry on through this tragedy and offer our sincerest condolences.”

The IIO is investigating, as is the BC Coroners Service, while the RCMP are conducting an internal review.

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