Officer cleared of causing injury

A provincial watchdog group has cleared an RCMP officer of causing a wrist injury to a man.

A provincial watchdog organization has cleared an unnamed Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officer of causing a wrist injury to a man.

On June 28, at approximately 9:20 p.m., the officer was responding to a complaint of a suspicious person near 29th Street on Mission Hill.

In a press release issued by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO), the officer located the suspect riding a bike in an S-pattern along the street.

The officer activated his emergency lights, briefly sounded the siren and yelled at the person to pull over.

“The affected person ignored the commands to stop,” wrote the chief civilian director (CCD) for the IIO in the release.

“He crossed through a residential yard, over a fence and into a parking lot near 32nd Street.”

The officer parked his vehicle on 15th Avenue and continued following the suspect on foot to the parking lot, but was unable to locate him.

The officer gave up the search.

He was returning to his vehicle when he was flagged down and told about a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of 16th Avenue and 32nd Street.

The accident reportedly took place at 9:31 p.m. and involved the suspect and an unrelated vehicle.

It was in this accident the suspect suffered a serious wrist injury.

The CCD determined, after IIO investigators interviewed witnesses, the suspect and two officers, including the one in question, that there was no relationship between the suspect’s injury and the officer’s actions.

“The information confirms a significant time delay between the time the officer commanded the affected person (suspect) to stop and the MVI (motor vehicle incident,” wrote the director.

“Further, the affected person stated he was unaware that he was being pursued by police and his first recall of police presence was when an officer held and supported his neck after the collision.”

The CCD has no further interest in the matter.


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