Man dies following altercation during arrest in Langley

Oct 23 2019, 10:33 am

BC’s police watchdog has been called in to investigate following a man’s death in Langley, early on Wednesday morning.

According to the  Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC), the incident took place just after 3 am, when an “abandoned” 911 call was received at the Langley operations centre.

“Attempts to contact the number were unsuccessful and Langley RCMP officers were sent to the location from which the call originated,” the IIO said.

Upon their arrival at the scene, officers found a man outside “who was believed to under the influence of drugs,” and police requested the assistance of Emergency Health Services (EHS).

Then, “while attempting to take the man into custody a physical altercation ensued,” said the IIO.

And it was after the man had been arrested, that police noticed he was losing consciousness. With EHS on the way, officers administered medical assistance and continued CPR until the Fire Department and EHS arrived at the scene.

Emergency crews “continued medical assistance, but the man was later pronounced
deceased,” according to the IIO.

Now, the IIO said it is investigating the incident to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC,  police will not be releasing any further information on the incident.