IIO BC says no reasonable grounds to believe RCMP Constable Shaelyn Yang committed an offence

THE Chief Civilian Director (CCD) of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC after concluding an investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident in Burnaby where a man, Jongwon Ham, sustained serious injury and an officer, Burnaby RCMP Constable Shaelyn Yang, died, says “there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer has committed an offence” and so, “the matter will not be referred to Crown Counsel for consideration of charges.”

“The CCD has reviewed the available evidence, including independent witness statements and video footage,” the IIO BC said.

At about 10:30 a.m. on October 18, Yang accompanied a parks worker to speak to a man sheltering in Broadview Park. When Yang and the parks worker approached the tent, an altercation occurred in which the man was shot by Yang, and Yang was stabbed.

The man sustained gunshot-related injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Yang sadly did not survive her injuries.

The IIO BC said: “Due to concurrent court proceedings related to the incident, the IIO’s public report will not be released on the IIO website until that process has concluded. Given the matter remains before the courts, the IIO will not comment further at this time.”