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IIO called out to police-involved Surrey death

Last Updated Mar 19, 2018 at 7:08 pm PDT

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SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The Civilian-led police watchdog group has been called to Surrey after a man died following an altercation with police.

It happened around 1:30 pm today, in a residential area.

According to the Independent Investigations Office, a man was screaming in the middle of an intersection, and when police arrived and tried to arrest him, a struggle broke out. That’s when the IIO says, the man went into cardiac arrest, and despite officers trying to save his life, he died.

Ron MacDonald is the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO of BC. He says now his team will investigate.

“We will be looking at all the circumstances surrounding the interactions of the police with the male, in an effort to determine whether the police actions could constitute an offence.”

If you saw anything, or know anything about this, you’re asked to call the IIO.