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Police watchdog investigating after suspect experiences medical distress during arrest in Kamloops

A man was placed under arrest after he allegedly threw a rock at a vehicle, he was later sent to hospital after going into "medical distress".
February 08, 2021 - 3:52 PM

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into an incident in Kamloops that sent a suspect into medical distress while he was being taken into custody by RCMP officers.

Kamloops officers were called to Columbia Street and Pemberton Terrace at around 11:20 p.m., Feb. 5, where a man had allegedly thrown a rock at a car and was yelling in the street, according to an RCMP press release.

Officers attempted to take him into custody after locating him on the 400 block of Pemberton Terrace, but the man resisted and a conducted energy weapon used, RCMP said.

The man went into medical distress and was transported to hospital in serious condition.

The province's police watchdog was contacted and is investigating whether police actions are linked to the man's injuries.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is a civilian-led police oversight agency that investigates incidents of death or serious harm involving police officers.

Witnesses can contact IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477 or visit the website here.

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