Police cleared of wrongdoing after man falls 11 storeys from Burnaby apartment

Oct 28 2019, 10:22 am

BC’s police watchdog has cleared officers of any wrongdoing in a Burnaby incident earlier this year, in which a man fell out of an 11th storey apartment unit, while reportedly attempting to evade capture by police.

The investigation began on July 4, when Burnaby RCMP report attending a residence in the 4900-block of Sanders Street, just after 10 pm, where they believed a kidnap victim was being held.

“When police entered the residence, three men exited over the balcony of the 11th-floor apartment,” police said. “While two men were arrested without incident on lower floors, one man fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries.”

Following the incident, the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) was called in to investigate the incident and determine whether police actions or inactions were linked to the man’s injuries.

Now, the IIO has announced that “based on a review of all of the evidence,” it does not believe any police officer “committed an offence under any enactment.”

As a result, the matter will not be referred to Crown counsel for consideration of charges. The IIO noted that due to a concurrent prosecution by the BC Prosecution Service, it will not be issuing its usual public report in this case, pending the conclusion of the matter. And as the matter is before the courts, “the IIO will not comment on the details of the case or the evidence considered in reaching this decision.”

The victim in the original incident was located and found physically unharmed, police said.