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Police watchdog probes man’s death in Chilliwack in alleged parental child abduction

Independent Investigations Office called in after police use Taser on man

The Independent Investigations Office has been called in to investigate a police involved fatal incident that occurred in Chilliwack on Saturday.

According to police, Chilliwack RCMP responded to reports of a possible child abduction in the area of Vedder Road and Wells Road just after 2 p.m.

A father, having a supervised visit with his child, attempted to flee on foot with the child, police said.

Police quickly located the man and the child. However, when the man resisted arrest police used a Taser and the man went into medical distress.

Officers began and continued resuscitation efforts until ambulance personnel arrived. The man was transported to a Chilliwack hospital but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The child was physically unharmed and reunited with its mother at the scene.

The Independent Investigations Office has been contacted by police and it is now investigating to see if there is any link between police action and the man’s death. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.

Watch for more information as it becomes available.