IIO investigating after woman dies after arrest in Dawson Creek

The Independent Investigations Office of BC will be sending investigators to Dawson Creek after a woman died after being taken into custody.

Early on Saturday, April 13, 2019, officers arrested a male and female and transported them to cells as a result of an ongoing investigation, according to the IIO.

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"Later that morning, due to the behaviour of the female, Emergency Health Services were requested. On arrival, the female went into medical distress and was transported to hospital in Dawson Creek. Medical assistance was given but the female was airlifted to Prince George Regional Hospital and was pronounced deceased in the early hours of 14 April, 2019," notes the release by the IIO.

"The IIO has commenced an investigation into the incident to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played in the death of the female."

Dawson Creek RCMP could not be reached for comment.

The IIO note they are the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia, and they investigate all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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