RCMP cleared after man seriously injured in fall from North Vancouver balcony

B.C.’s civilian police watchdog has cleared police of any wrongdoing in an incident where a man broke his leg falling from a North Vancouver balcony.

North Vancouver RCMP were called to the building on Fromme Road at 27th Street in Lynn Valley on June 20, to reports of a man with a knife.

When police arrived, the suspect was climbing out of a third-floor enclosed balcony through a broken window; he eventually fell and fractured his leg, says the Independent Investigations Office (IIO).

The IIO says it spoke to the suspect, civilian witnesses and officers at the scene. It also reviewed police records, 911 calls and police radio transmissions.

The watchdog concluded that the suspect had entered the building through a ground-floor apartment patio, then made his way through the building banging on doors until he got to the third floor.

A woman who lived in the building heard the banging and opened her door, at which point the suspect entered her home, picked up a knife, and claimed someone had killed his son, the IIO said.

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