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B.C.'s police watchdog clears Kamloops RCMP in man's stabbing death

June 22, 2021 - 3:03 PM

Kamloops RCMP officers have been exonerated of any wrongdoing by the Independent Investigation Office of B.C. in connection to a stabbing that left a man dead.

On July 31, 2020, RCMP officers visited a man's home after a caller reported concerns for his mental health. RCMP were unable to locate him, but on Aug. 1, at around 10:30 a.m., police were called to a nearby home where they found another man with multiple stab wounds.

The victim was transported to hospital on the morning of Aug. 1, but he later died of his injuries, according to an IIO media release. Police arrested the man who they were searching for that night following the mental health call at around 2 p.m. the next day.

The IIO's chief civilian director said today, July 22, that after reviewing the evidence, including witness statements and police records, the investigation has concluded and there was no connection between police actions and the stabbing death.

The matter is currently proceeding in court.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in B.C. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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