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Police not responsible for man’s death in Courtenay: IIO

Police officers did not cause the death of a man at a Courtenay hotel earlier this month.

That’s the finding of an Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC report.

It shows that on June 9th at roughly 10:50pm, officers responded to concerns about the health and safety of a man who reportedly had a gun in a hotel room located in the 1100-block of Cliffe Avenue. 

The man spoke to police before going back into his hotel room. 

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He returned to the doorway of the room with a gun. 

The Office says that, despite officer attempts to re-initiate communication, the man shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence and determined that the independent evidence, including civilian witness and video sources, make it clear that police actions did not cause the death of the man,” the IIO said in a release. 

“As a result, the investigation has been concluded.”

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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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