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Police watchdog investigating Vernon RCMP after suspect injured during arrest

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May 21, 2020 - 3:15 PM

B.C.'s police watchdog is investigating after a Vernon man ended up in hospital shortly after being arrested.

Vernon RCMP officers responded to a dropped 911 call around 10 a.m. May 16, where yelling could be heard in the background of the call, according to RCMP E Division spokesperson Sgt. Janelle Shoihet.

Officers arrived at the 3000 block 37 Avenue and located a woman who told them she'd been threatened by a man who was known to her. The man allegedly resisted several arrest attempts, before finally being taken into custody.

Shortly after the man arrived at the Vernon RCMP detachment he complained of being in pain and was taken to hospital. It was assessed he was suffering non-life threatening injuries, was treated and released back into police custody.

Shoihet said Vernon RCMP are investigating the criminal code allegations against the man.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. confirmed on May 19, it was investigating to see whether the RCMP's actions are linked to the man's injury.

The civilian-led police watchdog is responsible for conducting investigations into incidents of death or serious harm that may have been the result of police action.

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