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B.C. police watchdog called to Coquitlam after man falls to his death

RCMP responded to a disturbance in the city's town centre area; upon entering the building, the man fell to the ground from the upper floor.
Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO). | File photo

.A man's death in Coquitlam this weekend is now under the microscope of the division that investigates police-involved incidents.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) said a man was found deceased early Sunday morning (Aug. 1) after falling off a balcony and to the ground from a downtown residential building's upper floor.

It happened around 3:20 a.m. that morning on 1100-block Heffley Crescent when Coquitlam RCMP were called to a disturbance in a home.

"It was reported that when officers arrived at the door to a home in a residential building, a man pushed it back before running towards the patio," RCMP explain in a news release. 

"The officers entered the home and made their way to the patio but reportedly did not see him. When they looked over the railing he was spotted below. He was later confirmed deceased."

In a separate release, IIO said it's now investigating to determine if the man's death involved police actions or inactions.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information about the incident is encouraged to contact IIO at 1-855-446-8477 or go online to the provincial agency's website.