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Surrey RCMP apologizes to man badly hurt by officers in mistaken identity arrest

Last Updated Feb 16, 2021 at 6:59 pm PDT

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. A lawyer representing eight news media outlets is challenging decisions made by a Nova Scotia provincial court judge regarding the redaction of RCMP search warrants used in the investigation of the mass shooting in April that claimed 22 lives. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Surrey RCMP stopped the wrong person after an armed robbery; the man suffered serious injuries

B.C.'s police watchdog called in to determine if there was any wrongdoing on Surrey RCMP's part

Mounties apologizing to man who was wrongly arrested

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Mounties in Surrey are offering a public apology to a man after he was badly hurt during an arrest when officers mistook him for a robbery suspect last Monday.

At around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, police were called to the business along 152 St. near 104 Ave. after reports of an armed robbery. Witnesses gave a description of the suspect, saying the person left on a bike.

Mounties later stopped a man they say fit the description, but say the person resisted, resulting in a struggle. Despite being treated at the scene, it turned out the man was seriously injured.

RCMP only found out they had the wrong guy after they arrested him.

“The RCMP regrets the mistake made in identifying the man and now offers a complete apology to him,” reads a statement from the Mounties.

IIO BC, the province’s police watchdog, has stepped in to figure out if police inaction or action played a part in this case.