IIO BC has been called in to investigate after a man arrested at Chilliwack General Hospital later went into medical distress at the Chilliwack RCMP detachment. (Progress file)

IIO called to Chilliwack after man goes into medical distress in RCMP cells

Male was arrested for assault at CGH, cleared by hospital, then had medical issue next morning

The province’s civilian police watchdog has been called in to investigate after a man under arrest went into medical distress in cells at the Chilliwack RCMP detachment.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. is investigating the police-involved incident from Feb. 12, 2020.

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It was at approximately 7:45 p.m., when Chilliwack RCMP took a man suspected of assault into custody from Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH).

The unidentified man was cleared medically by the hospital, and he was released to officers and transported to detachment cells.

The next morning, Feb. 13 at approximately 7:30 am, a guard reported the man in medical distress, according to the IIO.

Emergency Health Services was called and the man was taken back to CGH.

He has since been released.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of 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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