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The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia says it is investigating following a man’s death at a Comox Valley hotel Tuesday night.
The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC), independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia, was notified by Comox Valley RCMP after police were called to the hotel at around 10:45 p.m.
According to IIO, officers were called to assist Emergency Health Services after someone contacted emergency services following concerns about the health and wellbeing of an acquaintance at the hotel.
IIO said the Comox Valley RCMP officers went to the hotel and talked to the man.
“The man initially presented himself to officers outside the hotel and initially assured members he would not commit any self-harm,” IIO wrote in a release.
“Despite the officer’s efforts to deescalate the situation, the man returned to the hotel room, exiting shortly after with a firearm and harmed himself.”
BC Emergency Health Services had been staged in the area and were called by police to attened to the man. The man died of his injuries at the scene.
The IIO is investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death.
The IIO said since the incident is now under investigation by the IIO no further information will be released by police.
The IIO investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.