IIO BC called to Burnaby
2017-12-20 12:25 PST
Burnaby, BC: On December 20, 2017, at 3:43 a.m. Burnaby RCMP were patrolling the area of North Willingdon Avenue at Triumph Street in relation to a complaint. At approximately 4:00 a.m. police located someone sitting in the driver seat of a vehicle in a parking lot in the 200 block of Willingdon Avenue, unrelated to the file to which they'd been dispatched. A rifle was allegedly observed on the man's lap. Attempts to verbally engage the man were unsuccessful and police requested the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.
The Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team later approached the vehicle and confirmed that the male was deceased.
The BC Coroner Service has been notified. As police officers were at the scene of a fatality the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia has been contacted and they are now investigating to see if there is any link between police action or inaction and the death of the man. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police at this time. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.
Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca.
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