The independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia has launched an investigation into a recent incident near Ladysmith.
According to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C., a man sustained a serious dog bite injury while RCMP attempted to take him into custody following a traffic stop on April 17.
The incident took place near Ladysmith just after midnight and according to the IIO, officers had attempted to stop a white minivan in the 100-block of Highway 1, when the driver failed to stop.
RCMP eventually stopped the van and the man was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody with the assistance of a police dog.
As the man was being taken into custody, the police dog bit the suspect, causing serious injury which resulted in him being transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Police vehicles were used to bring the van to a stop and the man was removed from the vehicle. A police service dog was used to assist in taking him into custody.
As a result of the incident, the IIO is asking anyone with relevant information of the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in B.C. and investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.