B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating after a man fleeing from police suffered serious injuries falling from the 11th floor of a Burnaby apartment building.
Just after 10 p.m. on July 4, an investigation led officers from Burnaby RCMP and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT) to a residence in the 4900-block of Sanders Street.
Police believed the victim of a kidnapping was being held inside.
When police entered the residence, three men exited over the balcony of the 11-storey apartment, according to police.
While two men were arrested without incident on lower floors, one man fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries, police said.
Meanwhile, the kidnapping victim was located safely, physically unharmed.
All three suspects remain in police custody; one remains in hospital.
“The Burnaby RCMP will continue to investigate the alleged kidnapping concurrent to the IIO (Independent Investigations Office),” said B.C. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs in a press release. “This was a complex and time sensitive investigation that required numerous resources and coordination. I am grateful that the victim was located and proud of the work done by our highly skilled and specialized members and employees.
The IIO will investigate to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries.