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IIO investigates Prince Rupert RCMP following two jail incidents

November 10, 2022  By Kaitlyn Bailey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Nov. 10, 2022, Prince Rupert, B.C. – The B.C. Independent Investigation Office (IIO) is looking into two incidents at the Prince Rupert RCMP detachment, a man who died and a woman who required medical assistance, both after being arrested.

The man was arrested reportedly without incident on Oct. 27 and taken to the detachment cells at 12:05 a.m. on Oct. 28.

Around 3:40 a.m. on Oct. 29, he was transported to the hospital after asking for medical assistance. Later that morning he went into “medical distress” and died according to the IIO report.

The woman was arrested after RCMP received a call around 11:50 p.m. on Oct. 26 stating someone was standing in the road yelling at passing vehicles, a separate IIO write-up stated. The caller was reportedly concerned for the woman’s well-being.


Officers attended the scene at Park Avenue and alleged the woman was intoxicated. She was arrested and taken to the detachment where she was placed in a cell.

Around 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 27 she asked for medical assistance and was transported to the hospital, where she was treated for a serious injury, the IIO report stated.

“Because of the two ongoing IIO investigations, the Prince Rupert RCMP will not release any details on either incident,” Const. Gabriel Gravel, media relations officer for the city detachment stated in an email to The Northern View.

– Prince Rupert Northern View

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