Investigation launched into death of man hiding in bushes in Surrey

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      An independent investigation has been launched into a police-involved incident in Surrey that ended with a man’s death.   

      In a news release issued today (June 28), B.C. RCMP stated that Surrey RCMP received several calls about a man who was banging on vehicle doors and hiding in bushes in Surrey around 12:30 a.m. on June 28.

      The man told people that he was hiding from police and that they should let him into their homes.

      Four officers, who located the man in the backyard of a residence in the 6000 block of 134A Street, called for Emergency Health Services (EHS) to help as the man “appeared to be in medical distress”.

      Police apprehended him under the Mental Health Act. Fire rescue crews also arrived and provided assistance until EHA personnel arrived.

      Upon arrival EHS provided medical support and took him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

      B.C. RCMP informed the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO BC) about the incident and the IIO BC is launching an investigation to determine whether or not police actions contributed to the man’s death.

      No further information is being released by RCMP while the IIO BC investigates.  

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