Deadly altercation involving Burnaby Mounties merits further review: IIO
An apartment building on Walker Avenue is behind police tape following the death of a man who was tasered by the RCMP.
Published Friday, March 18, 2016 1:30PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, March 18, 2016 3:54PM PDT
Two Burnaby Mounties involved in a deadly altercation two years ago won’t be charged, but B.C.’s police watchdog believes the incident merits further review.
The officers were called to investigate reports that a man had broken a window at an apartment building on Walker Avenue in June 2014. The suspect went into medical distress after being Tasered, subdued and put in restraints by police.
He later died at the scene after attempts were made to revive him.
The incident was investigated by the Independent Investigations Office, which forwarded a report to Crown counsel that found an officer might have committed an offence.
On Friday, the Criminal Justice Branch announced it would not be pursuing charges based on a lack of evidence, but the IIO said it’s forwarding the file on for further review.
Its Chief Civilian Director found “a number of tactical and conduct issues in this incident,” the watchdog said in a release, and has passed the case onto the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.