The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm in the province, is investigating after a man drowned during a chase by police in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. The RCMP claim that the incident began at around 3 AM on the morning of November 28, 2019, following a call from a local business about an allegedly naked man cleaning off what the caller believed to be blood at a nearby car wash.
RCMP officers reportedly located the man and a chase ensued. The man allegedly ran into a river while being pursued by police and drowned.
No other information has been released publicly including any detail about the actions of police during their pursuit or what other actions were taken to interact with the man.