IIO determines Revelstoke RCMP actions not connected to standoff death

The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. has concluded police actions are not responsible for the death of a man in Revelstoke on Tuesday. A five-hour standoff on Victoria Road saw a three-block area cordoned off for most of the afternoon and into the early evening.

Police in tactical gear take shelter behind a vehicle in a standoff on Victoria Road on Oct. 17. Photo: Matt Timmins/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. has determined there is no connection between police actions and the death of a male that occurred during a five-hour standoff in Revelstoke on Tuesday afternoon.

A statement released by the IIO states the RCMP notified the IIO on October 17 shortly before 1:30 p.m. that Revelstoke RCMP had pulled over a vehicle in the 700 block of Victoria Road that was believed to be connected to an ongoing Calgary police investigation.

“Containment was set up around the vehicle and additional emergency response resources were staged nearby. Efforts were made to attempt to communicate with the driver who was inside the vehicle and unresponsive,” reads the statement.

The RCMP’s Southeast District Emergency Response team was called in to assist and shortly after 6:08 p.m. Officers approached the vehicle and located a male inside the vehicle with undetermined injuries. Medical assistance was immediately provided, however he was pronounced dead at the scene.