BC police watchdog investigates after cops Taser suicidal man

An October, 2012, investigation in Vancouver by The Independent Investigations Office.



VANCOUVER — B.C.'s civilian-led police watchdog is probing a man's suicide on Tuesday after he got into an “altercation” with Vancouver police and was Tasered twice before his death.

Examiners are expected to seize a knife and a Taser from a home where the it happened.

In a statement, the Independent Investigations Office said police were dealing with a man “who was threatening to harm himself” around 10:30 a.m.

“During the exchange with police, the male continued to be agitated and a conducted energy weapon was deployed,” the IIO statement reads.

“The male sustained self-inflicted injuries, was taken into custody and transported to hospital. The man did not survive his injuries.”

According to the B.C. Ambulance Service, RCMP had requested an ambulance to “stage” at the home before Vancouver police were even called.

The service said staging is typically requested when law-enforcement officials suspect paramedics might be needed.

Both the Vancouver Police Department and Burnaby RCMP — the nearest detachment to the location — referred requests for information to the IIO, which said any further updates would be released on Wednesday.

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